The Cayuga County Legislature on Tuesday night announced J. Justin Woods will serve as the next County Administrator. Woods was appointed to a 4 year term with a starting a salary of $135,000 and will assume office no later than January 1, 2018.
Woods brings nearly 20 years of local government experience, the last two of which were teaching in the master of public administration program at Pace University. A career department head working in municipalities ranging in size from 3,000 to 75,000 people, Woods demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to lead on the wide range of issues required from a Chief Administrative Officer.
Woods earned his undergraduate degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and his Master of Public Administration degree from Pace University. He holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Environmental Law (LLM) from Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, where he also served as a Sustainable Development Scholar at the Land Use Law Center.
Legislature Chair Keith Batman tells Finger Lakes News Radio the legislature’s search committee made the right choice from a strong field of candidates.
Majority Leader Aileen McNabb-Coleman said, “Mr. Woods brings almost 20 years of experience in public administration. From his first interview with the search committee, Justin came across as a thoughtful, creative leader. He studied the issues facing the County and came prepared with ideas for building collaborative solutions. I am thrilled to bring him aboard.”
Minority Leader Paul Pinckney remarked “Mr. Woods brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that makes him the right person at the right time for our community. I am happy that he will be joining us, and I look forward to welcoming Justin and his family to the community.”
“I am so excited to be joining Cayuga County. The Legislature has done impressive work laying the foundation for a new County Administrator, and I look forward to working with the entire team to deliver high quality, efficient government services,” said Woods.
The Cayuga County Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee meets this evening to continue work on the proposed 2018 budget. A source tells Finger Lakes News Radio there could also be a special legislative session to “take action” on the open county administrator’s position.
The county has been without an administrator since the resignation of Suzanne Sinclair in March. The legislature’s search committee has been interviewing the final five candidates in what has become a lengthy process.