Dusek hired to lead county

Already, Dusek has been involved in a variety of administrative matters, including negotiating with unions, employee disciplinary hearings, and strategizing ways to boost efficiency.

About 25 percent of his workweek hours have already been spent on administrative duties, Monroe said.

Monroe said Dusek had the forceful qualities that Supervisors were seeking in a top county executive.

"Paul not only sees the big picture, but he definitely has the strength to make the tough decisions," Monroe said.

County Budget Officer and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Dusek had the clout to get county employees to work harder and smarter.

"Paul's been the "go-to guy" to get things done," Geraghty said. "He not only has the qualifications and a very good work ethic, but he understands the challenges we're facing."

Geraghty said he looks forward to working closely with Dusek on crafting the 2010-11 budget, which is likely to be a drawn-out process with difficult decisions involved.

For several months, Dusek will be tackling the responsibilities of both county Administrator and county Attorney.

Both Monroe and Geraghty said the latter post would be officially filled within several months.

Dusek is a 1973 graduate of Warrensburg High School, and he grew up in Warrensburg, coming from a background of modest means.

This week, Dusek said he was looking forward to serving as Administrator.

"This was an opportunity to take on a new challenge and make a positive difference in people's lives on a broader scale," he said. "There are so many issues that need attention, and we'll be soon be putting together a priority list."

Friday's vote by Supervisors was to give Dusek compensation of $129,000 annually for up to three years, one year longer than offered March 10 by the county's Personnel Committee. All the 19 supervisors but three voted in favor of the offer. Glens Falls 2nd Ward Supervisor Peter McDevitt and Glens Falls 4th Ward Supervisor William Loeb voted against the amended proposal, and Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec abstained, because he is Dusek's brother-in-law.

The vote doesn't guarantee Dusek a job for three years - the Board Supervisors and Dusek are both empowered to terminate the work contract if they see fit, Dusek said.

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