I am the Administrator for St. Lawrence County Government overseeing 24 Departments and 845 employees since April of 2015. My first term concluded in December of 2018, and in 2019 I was appointed to my second term as County Administrator. Prior to these appointments, I worked as the Assistant Administrator for St. Lawrence County for seven years and the Deputy Clerk to the Board of Legislators for five years. In 2003, I began working for St. Lawrence County after working in Healthcare Administration with Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. I was born in Fulton County, Georgia and raised in St. Lawrence County, New York. I graduated from Lisbon Central School District and completed my undergraduate education at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. I was a scholar athlete with a Division II soccer career, playing center midfield, for the Dolphins. I was accepted into a work program that allow me to live internationally for a period of time and work for British Telecom in London as an analyst. Following that program, I traveled across western
I am extremely fortunate to have found meaningful employment in a place where I have roots. The feeling of home, its scenic environment, the quality of the people, and rural nature of the County are the main reasons that I was certain that eventually I would return and raise my family here. We work hard to make our dreams a reality and with my husband, David, raising our children; two girls and two boys while enjoying a healthy country lifestyle with 4 dogs, a cat, 2 turtles, a leopard gecko and a rabbit.
In the roles I have held with St. Lawrence County Government, I have worked conscientiously to learn the foundation of the County and participate in its evolution over time. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented staff and be mentored well throughout my tenure. As Assistant Administrator, I took on a much larger role with the budgetary process and provided accurate information to the Board of Legislators. I started the quarterly financial reporting update. I was appointed Administrator during a very difficult time in the financial history of the County. As Administrator, my role also includes the Budget Officer, the Purchasing Agent, the Clerk of the Board of Legislators, the Auditor, and Supervisor of the Board Office, Mail Room & Print Shop, Purchasing Office, and Buildings & Grounds. I believe that a transparent budget process for government is critical to allow for informed decision making in the County. I was closely involved with the budget as Assistant Administrator and now as Administrator, seven years (2016-2022) of reductions in the true value tax rate applied to the real property in the County, one of the main sources of revenue for the organization. With one exception, in 2020, the first year in seven that the true value tax rate remained flat. I believe that it needs to cost less for folks to own their homes in St. Lawrence County. As a municipality with limited revenue sources, identifying new ways to appreciate savings has been an ongoing process through the years. I recognize the struggle to provide the necessary and locally preferred services and in turn, be one of the largest employers of the County. This is continuously challenged by continuing to focus on reducing, where possible, the cost of operations. The unanswered needs in an impoverished county like St. Lawrence are constant, particularly when you realize that one in three county citizens are receiving some type of public assistance. The goals that I had coming in in many ways have been achieved; include improving the fiscal health and maintaining that health for years to come, taking care of staff to improve morale while charting the course for a successful future that can support its citizens in a helpful manner. We continue as workforce and a county to recover from the pandemic, this has challenged the County in ways we could not have imagined. I am honored to be the Administrator for St. Lawrence County.