There's a hole in Cayuga County's administration. And Tuesday night, the county Legislature hopes fill it.
Legislature Chairman Michael Chapman said the Cayuga County Legislature will vote Tuesday evening during its monthly meeting on a resolution seeking to hire a candidate to serve as the next county administrator.
If approved, the resolution will end the county's more than two-month-long search to find a candidate to replace former County Administrator Tom Squires. The administrator runs the day-to-day operations of county government and is responsible for drafting the annual county budget proposal that legislators use as the framework for the final spending plan they adopt.
Squires, who currently works as Mohawk Valley Community College's vice president for administrative services, ended his nearly three-year-long tenure at the county on April 12. He started working as the county's second county administrator in 2010. His annual salary at the time of his departure was $97,500.
Squires was hired after Wayne Allen, Cayuga County's first-ever county administrator, was fired in 2009 without public explanation.
Chapman, who formed a search committee in April to replace Squires, said 57 people applied for the open county administrator position. After much discussion, interviews and the help of a consulting firm, the committee — which includes legislators Cynthia Aikman and Joe Runkle — eventually whittled down the search to three candidates.
Last week, the committee selected one candidate to nominate to fill Squires' shoes. Chapman said the Legislature will vote on a resolution to allow the county to hire the chosen candidate, set salary terms and execute an employment agreement.
"We have a final candidate," the chairman said. "We'll be putting that forth."
Chapman said the candidate's name will be revealed during Tuesday's meeting.
Unlike other recent local searches to fill top public posts such as Auburn city manager or Auburn Enlarged City School District superintendent, the process for selecting the county administrator has not involved the public.
"It's a Legislative choice, on behalf of the taxpayers," he said. "We had this void, and we want it filled."