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Recent hires in City Hall

The latest hires in city government include new interns and an aide for Common Council members.

Both South Council Member Michael P. Kearns and Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera have hired former aides as paid interns.

Kearns hired Matthew Fisher, while Rivera hired Sean Mulligan -- both at a rate of $15 an hour.

Both Fisher and Mulligan were not reappointed to their jobs as legislative aides at the beginning of the year after the Council's new majority enacted a rule saying lawmakers could have no more than two staffers receiving benefits.

University Council Member Bonnie E. Russell has hired Mary E. Lamparelli as a legislative assistant, at a salary of $41,163.

Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen has hired Latoya Ranselle as a paid intern in his office. Ranselle will be paid $10 an hour.

John Critharis has been hired as a caulker in the Water Division of the Department of Public Works. He starts with a salary of $32,392.

The Water Division also has a new chief pumping plant engineer in David Fatig, who had been a senior first-class stationary engineer. His new salary of $43,947 carries about a $1,500 raise.

Also in the Water Division, Lynda Barnes was hired as a teller at a salary of $33,303.

In the City Clerk's Office, Malcolm Ertha has been appointed to the job of laborer at a salary of $29,018. Ertha is a former paid intern in the clerk's office who was originally hired in July.

Paul Fultz has been hired in the clerk's office as a paid intern, at a $11.87 hourly rate.

In the Streets Division of the Department of Public Works, Michael Edwards was hired to a temporary truck driver position, a job which carries a starting salary of $22,468. William Then and Dorothy Wellswere also hired for truck driver jobs at the same salary.

Also, Gregory Leonard was elevated to a new job in the division, becoming a truck driver. The new post has a salary of $28,085, a roughly $1,000 raise from his last job as parks utility worker, according to payroll records.

Andre Brown was also hired in the Streets Division, to the title of street worker at a salary of $22,423. He was previously a seasonal laborer.

Jennifer Falt will earn $22,222 in annual salary as an animal shelter attendant in the Streets Division.

In the Police Department, Michael P. Wojtulski has been hired as a motor equipment mechanic. The provisional appointment carries a starting salary of $23,721.

In the Police Department's Traffic Division, David Evans was hired as a civilian school crossing guard at a rate of $9.90 an hour.

The new police recruits who recently started their academy training are: Daniel G. Ahearn, Caryn E. Anderson, Michael J. Anderson, Patrick J. Baker, Joseph E. Bonner, Marquest V. Castillo, Christina M. Colosimo, Nicholas R. Conrad, Joshua T. Craig, Scott R. Culver, Robert L. Danner, Anthony C. Fanara, Lon E. Folts, Karin F. Franco, Michael L. Haas, Joshua P. Heidinger, Richard N. Hy, Vincent J. Judge, Hiba H. Khalil, Eileen M. Kline, Lindsay A. Laracuente-Zgoda, Ismail N. Lewis, Nathan R. Maryanski, Benjamin J. McDonald, Darren J. McDuffie, James M. McMahon, Nicholas A. Militello, Charles M. Miller, Johnmichael B. Mulderig, Donald J. Myers, Peter T. Nguyen, Joseph F. Nigro, Garrett M. O'Neill, Patrick O. Overdorf, Timothy R. Perrott, Nicholas A. Poblocki, Kevin C. Quinn, Erin E. Reid, Paul A. Rudnicki, David T. Santana, Michael C. Scheu, Jamie C. Serrano-Cardona, Anniel J. Vidal and Andrew J. Whiteford.

Each recruit's starting salary is $48,896.

In a recent departure, Janice E. White resigned her position as a paid intern in Pridgen's office. The resignation was effective Jan. 9, according to a letter filed Tuesday in the City Clerk's Office. White is working as project manager for True Development Corp., the development arm of Pridgen's True Bethel Baptist Church.

Here's a previous post from Jan. 20 on recent hires by the city.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN



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