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2012 Public Safety Annual Report

2012 Public Safety Annual Report

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Saratoga Springs 2012 Public Safety Department Annual Report
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Christian Mathiesen Eileen FinneranCommissioner Deputy Commissione
 Annual Report2012
Submitted by:Christian Mathiesen, Commissioner Eileen Finneran, Deputy Commissione
 The population of the City of Saratoga Springs, New York is approximately28,000 but soars to over 75,000 in the summer months. In addition to thedowntown business district, there are nearly 12,000 private homes andbusinesses that stretch over 29 square miles. The Department of Public Safety isresponsible for the protection of city residents and their property from crime, fire,hazard, disorder and natural disaster.In order to provide for the safety of the citizens of Saratoga Springs, theDepartment is comprised of a full-time Administrative Office Staff, a PoliceDepartment, Fire Department, Code Enforcement Division, Central Dispatch, Traffic Maintenance, Animal Control Officers and a Health Officer. There areapproximately 143 full-time and 30 part-time employees. The part-timeemployees work as school crossing guards and traffic control officers.
  The following sections detail the functions of the Department. These functionsare quite diverse, from emergency response by the Police and Fire Departments,to apartment inspections and code compliance, to signing and striping Citystreets for traffic safety, and most importantly, to responding to City residents’requests or concerns.
In addition to the Commissioner, there are four positions in the AdministrationOffice. The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for planning and coordinatingthe day-to-day operations of the department, preparation and maintenance of thebudget, assistance in the negotiations of union contracts, and the formulation of personnel policy. The Office Supervisor prepares and maintains weekly payrolls, time andattendance records, and personnel files on every department employee. Inaddition, she oversees the Senior Account Clerk, Code AdministrationAssistant/Accounts Payable, processes new employees, monitors departmentrevenue and expenditures, assists in the preparation of the budget and reviewspurchase requests and vouchers. The Senior Account Clerk manages the New York State handicapped parkingprogram for the City, processes the mail, enters parking ticket data and parkingticket payments.

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