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

Geraghty confirmed today that he'd been asked if he was interested in the county's top job.

"I felt honored to be asked, but I'm not interested -- I fully support Fred Monroe," he said.

Warren County Republican Party chairman Mike Grasso said Friday that there were no concrete plans afoot on a potential change in leadership.

"I haven't yet had the chance to talk to Fred," he said. "I don't even know if he wants to serve again."

Monroe confirmed Monday that he wanted to serve as chairman as long as he had the board's support.

"If they want me another year or two, I'll be glad to serve," he said. "If not, I'll step down."

Monroe said the idea of passing the torch may have arisen because he suggested two years ago in a G.O.P. caucus that county board chairs serve shorter terms.

Grasso seconded the concept.

"All of us agree that a chairman shouldn't stay in power too long - it's not healthy for the county, and problems occurred in the past."

Grasso added that some supervisors would be wary of taking on the chairmanship, because it was a demanding position, and could make enemies in some quarters.

"The chairmanship has probably been a living hell for Fred with all the county jobs he's had to cut - it's no fun doing away with people's livelihood." he said. "Anyone that wants the chairmanship is nuts."

One caucus vote per supervisor

A footnote to the Geraghty offer: he wasn't re-elected to Warrensburg Town Supervisor as a Republican several weeks ago, but as an Independent after losing the Primary in September to Maynard Baker. However, he remains a registered Republican, and this is sufficient for him to be included in the Republican caucus, county election officials said.

The majority-party caucus - Republican, of course - nominates the board chairman in early December behind closed doors on a one-vote-per-supervisor basis, then the choice is subject to final approval shortly thereafter in a full-board vote that includes weighting for population.

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