New leader suggested for county, Monroe said he'll continue in post

In an election season full of surprises, we've got one more for our readers.

Apparently Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty has been asked if he'd like to be the next chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, as soon as Jan. 1.

He was asked by party leaders this week if he'd succeed Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, who has served as chairman of the county board since January 2008.

Apparently some Republican operatives - not now serving on the board - have suggested that the chairmanship be rotated to a new supervisor every two years rather than the top executive serving lengthy tenures. Monroe's predecessor as chairman of the board was former Johnsburg Supervisor William Thomas, who served from Jan. 2001 to Jan. 2008.

We hear that Geraghty and the other county supervisors, however, aren't ready for this proposed change in leadership, as they support Monroe due to his dedicated performance and work ethic.

During his chairmanship, Monroe has devoted considerable time and energy to his position, and kept himself well-informed on developments in state and regional politics that effect the county.

Also, Monroe helped strategize renegotiation of the trash plant contracts, saving the county taxpayers many millions of dollars in recent years.

Monroe's also been very accessible and welcomes new ideas in solving problems the county faces rather than pushing through his own personal agenda. He's also been an advocate of smaller government, a turnaround from former chairmen.

This inquiry is doubtlessly quite a compliment to Geraghty from his peers, as he has only been in office for two years. This top post, in recent history, hasn't been awarded to a relative newcomer on the board.

As county Budget Officer, Geraghty has presided over cuts of about $5 million this year out of the county's 2010 spending plan. He's known for asking the tough questions and making hard decisions, as well as his aggressive budget cutting.

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