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Lewis legislators readvertising for county manager

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LOWVILLE — Lewis County legislators have decided to readvertise for county manager after failing to land a consensus candidate.

“We’re opening up the field again,” said Legislature Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan.

Resumes will be accepted through June 10, with further information available by calling the county Human Resources Department at 377-2061.

The county received 10 applications during the initial job posting, and lawmakers in late April interviewed four candidates.

However, over the past few weeks, they have been unable to make progress in selecting a new manager, Mr. Tabolt said.

“We just didn’t arrive at a unanimous decision of who we wanted.” he said.

Former County Manager David H. Pendergast retired April 30 after five years at the $84,000-per-year post.

Mr. Tabolt, who is serving as acting manager in the interim, said lawmakers still hope to have a new manager in place by late summer to oversee budget development this fall.

The county has already received a “strong inquiry” about the job from someone who didn’t apply in the initial round, and any of the original 10 candidates would still be eligible for the job, he said.

One potential drawback to the job is that the county manager appointment runs with the 10 legislators’ terms, which all expire at the end of the year. That means whoever is chosen might be appointed only through Dec. 31, then hope to be reappointed by the new Legislature — potentially including several new members — in early January for two more years.

Responsibilities for the county manager position include strategic planning, developing quality initiatives, implementing programs and policies, submitting reports and recommendations to the Legislature, managing contracts, overseeing department managers and serving as the county budget officer.

Lawmakers are seeking an applicant who would work well with department heads and have accountability with them and legislators, Mr. Tabolt has said.

County officials last month also decided to readvertise for their vacant trail coordinator post, although they also lessened the qualifications to offer a larger pool of candidates. Following the second round of applications, legislators appointed Jacqueline L. Mahoney, Castorland, to that post, starting Tuesday.

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