QUEENSBURY - For years, Paul Dusek has often offered advice and legal direction to the leaders of Warren County government.
As of April 1, his influence over county government will be extended.
Dusek -raised and educated in Warrensburg - will be taking on the role of County Administrator, the government's top executive post.
Now serving as Warren County Attorney, Dusek's new position was formally approved Friday.
The selection of Dusek as Administrator was an outgrowth of the county supervisors' expressed objective to recruit a forceful, decisive administrator in an era of budget woes, county job cuts, and expectations for the county workforce to boost its efficiency, Supervisors said.
The prior County Administrator, Hal Payne, resigned in October amidst discussions about eliminating the post due to budget shortfalls. Facing a budget gap and outcry from taxpayers in October, the supervisors decided at that point not to fill the position. But just weeks later, they decided they needed someone to enforce accountability amongst county employees, jumpstarting the efficiency of county government.
Dusek will be paid $129,000, and his pending initial work contract is for two years, although he expects to be in the post for the long term. Dusek will be paid about about $30,000 more than Payne was earning.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe said Monday that Dusek was ideal for the job, considering his 14 years of experience as county Attorney.
"This is absolutely wonderful," he said. "Paul Dusek is a perfect 'fit' in the position, considering he's very smart and well informed."
He said that county Supervisors have been relying on him for policy advice for years. With Dusek as county Administrator, Supervisors will trust him to keep things moving forward toward their objectives, he said.
"It's a huge plus that Paul knows the law, and he knows the department heads - and all of them respect him."