WARRENSBURG With Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec elected Nov. 6 to the state Assembly, he’ll be vacating his post of chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty is expected to move into this high-profile role as the county’s top political leader.
Geraghty now serves as the county Budget Officer, and for decades, it has been traditional for the supervisor serving in that post to be drafted as chairman when the chairmanship is vacant.
Geraghty has served as county budget officer for six years, a tenure that required him to draft spending plans during the economic collapse and its aftermath of widespread financial distress among municipalities.
This meant Geraghty had to craft budgets during a time that county government revenues dwindled, yet demand for services spiraled. He also had to keep Warren County solvent despite a depleted fund balance — a dilemma he inherited. During his tenure as county Budget Officer, the county’s financial reserves have been bolstered dramatically.
Last March, Geraghty declared he was seeking the post of county Board of Supervisors Chairman, and since then, no other candidates have emerged.
But Geraghty remained cautious this week about whether he’d have any competition for the position.
“Although I don’t expect to be challenged, nothing’s a given,” he said. “It’s a decision of the full board, and I hope my colleagues would think I earned their trust.”
Apparently, he has.
In recent weeks, Geraghty’s expertise in budgeting and his knowledge of the county’s vast operations have prompted praise from other county supervisors.
Geraghty has been credited for slashing county expenses and downsizing the size of government in response to the U.S. economy’s problems.
But Geraghty deferred credit to the other board members for a series of budgets that have featured the lowest series of tax increases in perhaps a half-century.