Winona “Nonie” Flynn has been highly regarded by county officials for her work as Yates County Treasurer and budget officer in recent years, and at the end of last week’s budget workshops, she was given a standing ovation for a new career development.

The Yates County legislature, in a unanimous vote, appointed Winona B. “Nonie” Flynn as Acting County Administrator, effective Nov. 4 after they adopted the 2019 tentative budget. 

According to a statement released by Yates County Chairman Douglas Paddock, as ACA, Flynn will be paid an annual salary of $26,100 and will retain the positions and salaries of county treasurer and budget officer.

Paddock explains having one person serve both the treasurer and administrator role has been done successfully in Schoharie County. 

The legislature created a County Administrator Task Force in June after receiving word that County Administrator Robert Lawton was to be appointed City Manager of Turlock Calif.  Lawton left Yates County’s employ June 28.

The task force, chaired by Legislator Edward Bronson of Middlesex, held multiple meetings, reviewing and modifying the local law creating the position of County Administrator and the job description, screening the 20 plus qualifying applications, conducting telephone interviews and, ultimately, coordinating and conducting face-to-face interviews. Subsequently, the legislature further considered internal applicants, and Flynn emerged as a clear candidate.

Flynn served as deputy treasurer for 9 months prior to being appointed county treasurer in March 2013 upon the retirement of then-Treasurer Bonnie Percy.

She was elected county treasurer later that year and re-elected in 2017, running unopposed both times. She has been budget officer since August 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University College of Business, and held positions in both private and municipal organizations prior to joining Yates County.

Flynn said, “I am grateful to the legislators and their constituents for this honor and responsibility. I will continue to work hard in collaboration with the legislature and management team to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of Yates County.”

Bronson said, “Yates County is fortunate to have Nonie accept the position of acting county administrator. In her roles as treasurer and budget officer, she is familiar with the management team, our employees, our towns, and Yates County government.”

Legislator Carlie Chilson commented, “Nonie is a leader, communicates and has collaborated well. She knows about our community as she is from here. I am thrilled she accepted this position.”

Paddock added, “Nonie has clearly demonstrated leadership as budget officer and streamlined the budget process. She is more than capable of taking on a larger role in Yates County government. We look forward to her continued success and will support her along the way.”

Includes reporting by Gwen Chamberlain