Scirocco hires Scirocco
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco has hired his son, Mark, as a city water meter reader.
Mark Scirocco was third on the list of eligible candidates who took the civil service test for the position, which pays $15.71 an hour — $32,771 a year.Skip Scirocco said the position does not pay benefits because it is a temporary position at this point.“He’s a very good worker and he’ll do a good job,” he said.The commissioner did not interview the top two candidates, a Saratoga Springs resident who scored 95 and a Ballston Spa resident who scored 90. Mark Scirocco’s score was 85.Commissioner Scirocco said he eliminated the second-highest scorer because he was not a city resident. He did not explain why he did not consider the highest-scoring candidate. Civil service law allows the employer to choose from among the top three candidates.The position is considered a temporary, three-month position to fill in for a meter reader who is out on disability, but the possibility exists for longer employment.— By Barbara Lombardo and Lucian McCarty