Commissioners’ action: Tedious, under the radar – and correct

The Lycoming County Commissioners made a series of personnel moves last week involving changes of full- and part-time status, tweaking of roles and hiring of an additional assistant district attorney.

The changes will result in a net savings of $23,000 annually and improve efficiency in the district attorney’s office as well as the Department of Public Safety.

It was tedious. It was not eye-catching or mind-blowing. But it was geared to streamlining county government and saving on personnel costs.

The commissioners promised to reduce the size and cost of county government through personnel changes and reductions in positions through attrition. That will require lots of multiple moves similar to last week’s and job description flexibility.

It’s the kind of maneuvering the private sector does every day to economically compete and the commissioners are correct to pursue savings in this manner.