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County Administrator Ruth A. Doyle Biography

Ruth A. Doyle HeadshotI am the Administrator for St. Lawrence County Government overseeing 25 Departments and 806 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 graduated in 1997, I was a scholar athlete with a Division II soccer career playing center midfield for the Dolphins.

Following completion of my bachelor’s degree in Political Science, I was accepted into the BUNAC Program in London, England and worked for British Telecom (BT) in an international analytic capacity. It was an outstanding opportunity to live and work among many other cultures while really learning the traditions of other countries. Following conclusion of my work visa, I departed England and traveled in Western Europe and visited many of the countries and cities where some of the greatest events of history took place. My academic background studying the political structure of the United States and countries around the world was brought to life through traveling and then make complete by pursuing a career in local government. Upon my return from traveling, I moved back to Syracuse, New York and began working in estate law. The work in a law firm primarily focused on revocable and irrevocable trusts provided a better understanding of that type of law and marriage the financial background I gained while traveling. In 2000, I moved to Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan specifically in the marketing field. This helped me understand the business environment much better as my work took me along the northeastern coast of the United States including; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. I am extremely fortunate to have found meaningful employment in a place where I have roots. The scenic environment, 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, 6 chickens, 4 ducks, 3 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, I am also the Budget Officer, the Purchasing Agent, the Clerk of the Board of Legislators, the Auditor, and Supervisor of the Board Office, and Mail Room & Print Shop. 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, four years (2016-2019) 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. For 2020, the first year in five that the true value tax rate remained flat. 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 challenged by continuing to work on reducing 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 am dedicated to each day are rooted in nurturing an organization back to 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. I am honored to be the Administrator for St. Lawrence County.