ITHACA, N.Y. — The search for a Tompkins County administrator appears to be over. Jason Molino, the city manager for Batavia, has accepted the county’s offer to become the next Tompkins County administrator.

Molino must still be formally appointed by Tompkins County Legislature. Legislators will take action on the appointment at their Tuesday meeting. A start date will be determined after the appointment is official.

Molino has served as chief executive officer and chief fiscal officer for the City of Batavia in Genesee County since 2006. He leads a workforce of 130 people and administers an annual budget of $25 million and a $25 million capital plan, according to a news release issued by Tompkins County Public Information Officer Marcia Lynch. Before working in Batavia, Molino served as assistant to the village manager for the Village of Port Chester in New York.

Molino also served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for seven years.

“We are very pleased to have Jason coming to join our team,” Michael Lane, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature said in a news release. “He brings with him a strong background in budgeting, labor relations, and management oversight; and has compiled a strong record of supervising a multi-department workforce, inter-municipal cooperation, and securing important grant funding for his community.  Jason’s credentials are a great fit for county government and I know our residents and businesses will welcome him and work with him to keep our county moving forward on its course for success.”

The county has been searching for a new administrator to replace Joe Mareane, who retired in November. Mareane had originally planned to retire in February, but he moved up the date of retirement to Nov. 30 after taking a medical leave. He had served as county administrator since 2008. Deputy County Administrator Paula Younger has served as administrator in the interim.

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The county administrator is responsible for overseeing the county’s annual budget of about $165 million, as well as appointing and supervising non-elected department heads. The administrator also ensures policies of Tompkins County Legislature are followed, manages special projects and represents Tompkins County at the state and local level.

Molino was selected by a search committee made up of legislators, department heads, labor representatives and community members. There were more than 20 applicants, but three were recommended to and interviewed by the full Legislature.

Molino has a Master of Public Administration degree from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University of Albany, State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He is married with four children, the news release said.

“I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to work for such a progressive community,” Molino said in a statement. “Tompkins County is recognized across the State of New York as a leader in government, and I’m looking forward to being part of this team. My family and I are eager to become members of the community and enjoy all that Tompkins County has to offer.”

Tompkins County Legislature meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, 121 E. Court St., Ithaca.

Kelsey O'Connor

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