Schenectady County has hired Jaclyn Mancini, currently the city of Schenectady’s director of development, to be the county’s new director of human resources.
The appointment, approved Tuesday night by the County Legislature, will mark a return for Mancini, who previously worked for the county as assistant to County Manager Kathleen Rooney.
In her new position, Mancini will oversee county personnel matters and information technology. She will start work on March 20, at an annual salary of $92,000 — a significant raise from her salary with the city.
Mancini has held her position with the city of Schenectady since 2014. Before that, she worked for the county for five years, as a management assistant and then assistant to the county manager. She is a graduate of Northeastern University with a masters’ degree from the University at Albany, and she has studied at the London School of Economics.
The County Legislature also unanimously adopted a resolution encouraging the state Legislature to approve a bill that would allow other communities to join the county’s municipal health insurance program. County officials have touted their $2 million in savings through the program, in large part by using mail-order prescriptions from Canada to lower the program’s prescription drug costs.
The proposal would let the county extend its coverage to towns, villages and school districts, allowing them to participate in a larger insurance pool than they otherwise could, which generally means lower insurance rates. The state Conference of Mayors supports the concept.
“This is good government, good inter-governmental cooperation,” said Legislator Rory Fluman, chairman of the county’s Committee on Intergovernmental Cooperation.
The bill was also introduced in the state Legislature last year, but did not pass.
The county legislature also passed a resolution honoring Chuck Steiner, former head of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce and most recently president of the Capital Region chamber. Steiner was recently diagnosed with a serious illness.