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Bolton’s Ron Conover advances in Warren County government

In his new role as Warren County Finance Committee Chairman, Town of Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover presides over a decision-making session last week.

In his new role as Warren County Finance Committee Chairman, Town of Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover presides over a decision-making session last week. Photo by Thom Randall.

— As of January 1, town of Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, now in the second year of his second term, has gained clout in Warren County government.

Conover has moved into the influential position of county Finance Committee Chairman, held in recent years by Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas or Dan Stec of Queensbury, now the region’s state Assembly representative.

With Stec taking office Jan. 1, he gave up the position as Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Moving into that post was Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, for years the county’s Budget Officer. Thomas moved from Finance Committee Chairman to Budget Officer, and Conover moved from heading up the Personnel Committee to the post of Finance Committee Chairman.

Conover, 62, was first elected Bolton Supervisor in 2009.

His career experience includes serving as Director of Planning and Community Development of the city of Rome, NY.

Also, Conover served for two terms in the Oneida County Legislature.

Conover said he is pleased to take on this position as Finance Committee Chairman, considering the progress during the last four or five years in solving the county’s fiscal problems.

Conover noted that in recent years, Geraghty and county Administrator Paul Dusek, backed up by county supervisors and department heads, have worked diligently in crafting realistic, conservative budgets. The process, Conover said, has included cutting waste and boosting efficiency in county operations, while rebuilding the county’s cash reserves to a safe level.

Also, Dusek and Geraghty and the board members have recently tackled a new challenge — forecasting future county finances, which will help Conover is his new role, he said.

“This has been the best multi-year budgeting process I’ve ever participated in — it’s very thorough,” Conover said. Kevin and Paul Dusek have elevated the process to a whole new level.”

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