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Ossenfort takes measures to fill vacant position

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Updated: 10:22 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

FONDA -- A Randall resident has been chosen as Montgomery County's next sealer of Weights and Measures. The appointment now awaits the approval of the county Legislature.

The Personnel Committee passed a resolution to the full board Tuesday, confirming the appointment of Raymond Borst at a salary of $39,393.

"I would like to introduce Raymond Borst," Legislature Chairman Thomas Quackenbush said, pointing to the back of the room. "Ray is a local man from Randall."

The appointment, made by county Executive Matthew Ossenfort, is expected to be finalized at the regular board meeting June 24.

Ossenfort said Borst was among the final round of candidates deemed qualified by the state, who has to approve the qualifications for all candidates. However, Ossenfort said he chose the Randall resident because of his work ethic and character.

"He has a strong work ethic and is a self-starter that is willing to do what needs to be done. That is the type of person we needed in this position," Ossenfort said. "The director of weights and measures in Montgomery County is a demanding job."

The position has been vacant since former director Nicholas Bartosik retired April 30. Since then, all calls were being directed to Ossenfort's desk.

Ossenfort said he made his decision June 4 and that Borst has already been to put work, serving as acting director until the board finalizes his appointment.

Ossenfort said he didn't want to wait the two weeks because there was a lot of work that had to be done.

The Weights and Measures Department director is responsible for checking and maintaining legal measuring systems throughout the county, from gasoline pumps, to scales, to milk measuring systems on local farms.

Ossenfort said he is pleased with the work Borst has been doing and hopes that the legislature confirms him.

"We are very happy to have Borst aboard. He is doing a fantastic job," Ossenfort said. "Hopefully, we are looking at a long career from him."

     

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