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Otsego Board moves forward with creating county manager position

Otsego County Board of Representatives are considering a different style of leadership to manage its system of government, similar to the position used in Oneida County.

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 6:42 PM

COOPERSTOWN, NY--- Otsego County Board of Representatives are considering a different style of leadership to manage its system of government, similar to the position used in Oneida County.

The board met Tuesday morning at the Otsego County Office Building to discuss the three different options, creating a county manager position, a county executive position, or using the current committee system.

"There's a laundry list of challenges confronting our government structure," said Andrew Marietta, county representative."Part-time legislators on committees supervising department heads and we're meeting with them once a month."

Roughly a decade ago the county conducted a study that board officials said show the benefits of establishing the new position. But the study is 10 years old and the information could be outdated.

There have also been some delays in adding the new position over the years.

"Our board make up changed significantly in November... so there's a stronger support bi-partisan I might add, to go ahead with the study and see where that might lead us," said Meg Kennedy, county representative and IGA chair.

Kennedy said creating a county executive position would be more complicated.

"That one will involve creating a charter commission, them having a charter created approving it by the legislature and then putting it out for a referendum for the voters in the county, " she said. "That's kind of a longer process that would lead to an elected executive, we should be completely different from what we have now 14 legislators."

The board plans to do some more research by contacting other counties that have the position in place. The board plans to meet next month to go over the new information.

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