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Cortland County Needs A Professional Full-Time Administrator

Cortland County Call To Action

Over a decade ago a Cortland County Legislative Committee and the League Of Women Voters of Cortland County called for the creation of a full time professional county administrator.

The voters of Cortland County approved the creation of the position and in 2002 a local law established the position.

This is a link to the local law on the Cortland County website - http://www.cortland-co.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1107

This is a link to the job description on the Cortland County website - http://www.cortland-co.org/DocumentCenter/View/797

After two Administrators, the Legislature has allowed the position to remain vacant since the last administrator resigned in 2014.

Since then, the part time Chair of the Legislature has acted as Administrator.

Since then, the County has been unable to resolve the challenges of the landfill, even with several outside studies.

Since then, the County has been unable to resolve the challenges of overcrowding at the County jail, even with several outside studies.

Isn't it time for a full time professional administrator who can

  • Coordinate staff services to Legislature,
  • Develop and enforce County policies,
  • Coordinate administrative functions of departments, meet regularly with dept heads, liaise between depts and Legislature,
  • Represent Legislature in contacts w/State & Federal officials and agencies PERSONNEL
  • Supervise dept heads,
  • Conduct performance appraisals, Recommend appointments/dismissals FINANCE
  • Prepare tentative County budget, Audit County departments,
  • Measure policy impact on tax base and econ development LABOR RELATIONS
  • Participate in all labor relations activities

What Can You Do?

Call your legislator and ask how you can help get this done because -
  • The County is considering spending over $30 million on a new jail complex, but basic questions have not been answered.
  • We are still waiting for solutions for our landfill. Proposals move forward helter-skelter with little understanding of impact.

  • The $34 million County budget is big enough to require central oversight. Only 10 counties in New York State have no Administrator or Executive.

  • We need a CEO (Chief Executive Officer). The CEO/Administrator position is responsible for oversight, planning, future expenditures, the entire operation. Complex organizations are not run by CFOs (Chief Financial Officers). The CFO only does finances.

  • Without an Administrator, County department heads and the County Attorney are overseen by a part-time Legislature. Is anyone in charge and aware of the everyday goings on in the County government?

  • Our County government must follow proper procedures in contracts and governing to avoid putting the County in legal jeopardy.

  • We can afford to hire an Administrator to lead decision-making and do it right. We are losing money and opportunities without a professional administrator! Ask your legislator how you can help her or him move forward with re-hiring a County Administrator.

  • The County is considering spending over $30 million on a new jail complex, but basic questions have not been answered.
  • We are still waiting for solutions for our landfill. Proposals move forward helter-skelter with little understanding of impact.

  • The $34 million County budget is big enough to require central oversight. Only 10 counties in New York State have no Administrator or Executive.

  • We need a CEO (Chief Executive Officer). The CEO/Administrator position is responsible for oversight, planning, future expenditures, the entire operation. Complex organizations are not run by CFOs (Chief Financial Officers). The CFO only does finances.

  • Without an Administrator, County department heads and the County Attorney are overseen by a part-time Legislature. Is anyone in charge and aware of the everyday goings on in the County government?

  • Our County government must follow proper procedures in contracts and governing to avoid putting the County in legal jeopardy.

  • We can afford to hire an Administrator to lead decision-making and do it right. We are losing money and opportunities without a professional administrator! Ask your legislator how you can help her or him move forward with re-hiring a County Administrator.