A 24-year veteran employee will become head of the Allegany County Probation Department this week.
Scott Grantier of Belmont, who has served as a probation officer for the past two dozen years, including 11 as a supervisor, will assume the role of department director Saturday following the retirement of long-time probation chief Robert Starks.
Starks, as we reported last week, will retire after 40 years of service in the department, including more than 13 as director.
Grantier, a native of Wellsville, tells Allegany Hope that he is “very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” saying he has been “very fortunate in working under two great directors,” including David Sirianni, department chief prior to Starks.
He said he hopes to combine what he has learned from both of them with the team which currently is in place to continue the work of the department.
The director oversees 14 employees, including a supervisor, 11 probation officers, and two support personnel.
In addition to his probation department work, the new head served two years in child and family intensive case management for Allegany County Community Services.
Grantier said he has a major interest in staff development and also continuing collaborative efforts with various law enforcement agencies such as the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office NY, along with the Alfred State College criminal justice program.
The new probation director also serves as a trustee and deputy mayor of the Village of Belmont, NY, positions in which he says he will continue at present.
The Allegany County Board of Legislators, in making the appointment, established the base salary for the position at $75,650.
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