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Town hires new assessor, code enforcment officer

WARRENSBURG The town of Warrensburg has hired two new employees both will be working to evaluate properties in town. This past week, the town board hired both a new town code enforcement officer and a new town assessor. The two new hires replace two town employees who worked for the town for many years, but recently faced controversy before they resigned. In a recent executive session, the town board interviewed nine candidates to fill the position of sole assessor and on Aug. 13 appointed Gregory Klingler of Queensbury to the post. He will replace Roger Langworthy, who resigned last month for health reasons. Earlier this spring, there was a public outcry stemming from a town-wide revaluation, and town residents protested assessments they said werent determined in an even-handed fashion. Klinger will be starting formally in several weeks, after appropriate certification is obtained, town officials said. The board also interviewed seven candidates for the position of code enforcement officer, appointing Matt Securo of Chestertown to the post vacated in spring by long-time town employee Brian Lace, who was followed for several months by Jeff Inglee who advanced to the position this month to Warren County Fish Hatchery manager. Securo starts in his new post Sept. 2. Both the code enforcement officer and sole assessor positions are now full-time at the mandate of the town board, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Thursday. Klingler said this week that he has some 26 years of real estate experience, much of which as an owner-operator of a real estate appraisal firm in his native Staten Island. Early in my career I became absolutely fascinated with home values and how they were calculated, Klingler said Thursday. Nobody likes to pay taxes, but I plan on producing very accurate assessments. Klingler added that he understands the political nature of the sole assessor position, but hopes to bring new blood to the role with no inside connections that may bias his work. One of my biggest priorities is to bring everything up to date for example all correct square footages throughout the town, he said. I will be accurate and open for the community. Klingler said that he has already begun exploring the town in an attempt to have a holistic view of the community. If anyone has a question or complaint I will always be ready to deal with their concerns, he said. Geraghty said that the town board had several very strong candidates for the position, but Klinglers combination of experience and outlook made him the best choice. For the code enforcement officer post, demeanor was a key component in the decision to offer the position to Securo, Geraghty said. He has the right combination of personality and background to do the job, Geraghty said. We all noticed how enthusiastic he was about the opportunity. Securo said this week that he has construction experience working for his fathers firm in Albany. However, he considers himself well rounded with a bachelors degree from Sage College in physical education and two associates degrees, one in arts and the other in automotive repair from Hudson Valley Community College. Securo is also a licensed real estate broker previously employed by Realty USA, he said. I like to do everything, he said. I try to be a solid person and know about a broad range of things. Securo said that he is aware of the history of controversy associated with the post when some town residents were questioning whether inspections and permits were conducted even-handedly but he plans on learning as much as he can and taking everything in stride. I know the role always hasnt been smooth for everyone, he said. I plan on doing it by the book, with a cut-and-dried mentality. Securo said he looks forward to the challenge and is excited to apply a hard working, fair minded approach. I want to work with everyone, he said. As far as the political side, I am just going to take that one day at a time.

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