Warren County to begin administrator search | Local

Warren County leaders hope to have a new full-time county administrator in place by Jan. 1, which may prompt the acting administrator to stay on a little longer than he had planned.

Acting Administrator Kevin Geraghty, who also is the town supervisor in Warrensburg, notified county supervisors earlier this year that he did not have time to continue serving as the part-time administrator going forward, but that he would stay in the position through the budget season. The budget typically is done by late October.

The county Board of Supervisors has yet to advertise the position or discuss the starting salary for it. Queensbury Supervisor at-Large Rachel Seeber, chairwoman of the board’s Personnel Committee, said Friday she hoped to start interviews in October and have the person in the job by Jan. 1.

That does not exactly jibe with the timetable put forward by Geraghty, who has worked in the position on a part-time basis since longtime administrator Paul Dusek retired in March 2016. But Geraghty said Monday he will stay on in the post as long as needed and help with the transition when his replacement comes aboard.

Geraghty will continue to serve as Warrensburg supervisor, and is up for re-election this year with no opposition.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I will stay until we find someone. I’m not going to walk away from helping anyone.”

The county had sought to fill the position in 2016, but was turned down by its top choice and decided not to hire any of the other applicants.

In other matters, the Board of Supervisors:

* Honored longtime Commissioner of Jurors Bonnie Nadig, who retires this month after 12 years on the job.

“You are leaving quite a legacy,” Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Rachel Seeber said.

Queensbury resident Wanda Smith, former secretary to the county administrator who most recently worked in Glens Falls City Court, was chosen as her successor.

* County Budget Officer Frank Thomas announced the state tax cap for 2018 will be 1.84 percent. That gives the county about $700,000 in spending increases before it goes over the cap. He said the budget figures heading into next year look “good,” particularly if the county is able to save money through a move to a “self insurance” health insurance plan.

* The board was told that the last payment on the natural gas cogeneration plant at the former Westmount Health Facility was made recently. Centers Health Care, which bought the nursing home in December 2015, has been reimbursing the county for the $380,000-a-year payments since it took possession of the home.

* Glens Falls 2nd Ward Supervisor Peter McDevitt said he and 1st Ward Supervisor Dan Girard will work with Glens Falls and Warren County economic development officials to market the soon-to-close Price Chopper store in Glens Falls in hopes of bringing in another grocer.

* The county board’s “last chance” meeting for owners of tax delinquent properties has been set for Aug. 14 at the county Municipal Center.

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