County Administrator applicant choices narrowed

Gwen Chamberlain

It’s possible that a new Yates County Administrator could be hired by the end of summer.

District I Legislator Douglas Paddock of Jerusalem, says the County Administrator Task Force’s recruitment efforts have drawn interest from all over the United States. “Applications were received from candidates literally all over the United States - as far north and east as Maine, south as Texas and west as California,” Paddock wrote in an email recently.

Paddock is vice chairman of the Yates County Legislature, chairman of the Finance Committee, and chairman of the County Administrator Task Force that determined the county’s best option after Sarah Purdy left the position in December was to hire another administrator.

Paddock says 27 applicants met the qualifications described in the advertisement and the task force has conducted telephone interviews with “a number of candidates.”

From those interviews, the task force has identified three candidates who will be invited to the county soon for face-to-face interviews with Yates County elected officials, department heads and legislators.

A decision will then be made about who will be offered the position and what the conditions of the hiring process will be. Paddock says the final determination will be made by the legislature with input from other elected officials and department heads.

One of the undetermined elements is whether the county administrator job description will also include responsibility for county planning oversight. Within a month of Purdy’s departure, Shawna Bonshack announced her plans to resign from the planner position earlier this year. There has been some discussion about ways the responsibilities might be assigned differently in the future. Paddock says no firm decision has been made at this point in regard to the planning responsibilities.

The 2016 Yates County budget includes a salary of over $99,400 plus benefits totaling nearly $14,000 for the county administrator, and nearly $66,000 in salary for the planner.