In a vote that has roots in a 2018 impartial evaluation of Cayuga County’s authorities construction, legislators this week will vote to rent the county’s first finance director.
On the agenda for Tuesday’s Cayuga County Legislature assembly is a decision to rent Mary Beth Leeson, presently a deputy treasurer for the county, as finance director.
The rent, which was authorized final week by the Legislature Methods and Means Committee, would observe approval votes earlier this 12 months on a regulation establishing the brand new Workplace of the Cayuga County Finance Director and a decision authorizing the finance director place itself to be created and stuffed.
The brand new workplace is a part of a restructuring that can take away lots of the day-to-day monetary duties of the county treasurer’s workplace, which is headed by a full-time elected treasurer. The Legislature in February voted to state its intention to cut back the pay and duties of the elected treasurer as a part of the restructuring.
The longtime incumbent treasurer, Jim Orman, then oversaw a committee that hashed out the specifics behind the brand new finance director workplace. Orman mentioned in an interview final week that the reorganization will finally result in extra monetary effectivity in county authorities.
“Nowadays, municipal accounting is such a specialised perform,” Orman mentioned. “It solely is smart to have a centralized finance division, as an alternative of getting varied arms across the county concerned.”