Ontario County Director of Finance Mary Gates was honored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the NYSAC County Government Institute. The ceremony was recently held at the NYSAC Fall Seminar in Rochester.
The educational program is a collaboration between NYSAC and Cornell University to provide training to county leaders. Curriculum includes required courses on building consensus, financial management, ethics, management, and the foundations of county government.
“The County Government Institute provides an invaluable opportunity to learn and practice skills that will develop more effective leaders,” said Gates.
Gates has worked for Ontario County for 25 years, in her current role of Director of Finance and as former Deputy County Administrator. Prior to that position, she worked for the Finance Department where she managed a combined budget of approximately $60 million for the Health and Public Safety Departments and worked with the Department of Economic Development as their finance manager.
Gates has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration through the College at Brockport, SUNY and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from SUNY Empire State. She has also received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional.
Empowering county leaders to engage in civil and constructive dialogue on the challenges they face, the Institute serves as a platform throughout the State to meet and discuss the unique issues of county government.
Charles H. Nesbitt Jr., NYSAC President and Chief Administrative Officer of Orleans County, encourages county leaders like Gates to participate in Institute to work collaboratively to learn and develop solutions and strategies facing local government officials.
“Graduating from the County Government Institute demonstrates a distinct and special commitment to public service at the local level,” said Nesbitt.
“County leaders graduate from the Institute’s vigorous curriculum equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership – now and in the future,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.
CGI courses are offered at NYSAC’s Fall Seminar in addition to an annual Legislative Conference in February, and Finance School in May. Courses are also offered regionally throughout the year to enable county leaders to stay up-to-date on timely issues and opportunities in local government.
“I am thankful for the experience and believe the County Government Institute provides me and my team the skills to better serve the members of our communities,” said Gates.