Blair County Commissioners struggle to fill government vacancies


BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – Blair County Commissioners have announced that eight people have resigned from their posts in the county, leaving 75 positions vacant in 13 different departments.

Compare that to the average number of openings and you will find that it is double.

“We have a lot of openings right now,” said Blair County Commissioner Laura Burke.

At full capacity, Blair County’s total workforce is approximately 560 positions in total. We are told that 47 of the 75 openings are unionized jobs that are currently negotiating as we speak.

“At virtually every board meeting every week, we look at new hires, layoffs, resignations and retirements,” said Burke.

At full capacity, Blair County’s total workforce is approximately 560 positions in total. We are told that 47 of the 75 openings are unionized jobs that are currently under negotiation.

“Our non-union positions have seen increases. Several of our unions are negotiating now, so they will see how their contracts are going and what increases are coming, hopefully by the end of the year,” said Burke.

Currently, Children and Youth Services and Blair County Jail have the most vacancies.
In some cases, a high school diploma is required for office positions and at the other end of the spectrum, a graduate degree is required for a lawyer position.

It is also important to mention that the county has just hired 13 new employees, however, at the moment, the county does not know exactly when they will be full time.

But we know it won’t be anytime soon.

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