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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Back to the GLOW Region:
Former Batavia city manager takes 'admin post' in Livingston County

Former Batavia City Manager Jason Molino is returning to the GLOW region. Molino, the current county administrator for Tompkins County, has been hired as the new executive director for the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority. He will begin his new post on June 14.
“Livingston County is a wonderful community with great opportunities and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Molino said in a statement. Molino said he is extremely appreciative for the LCWSA board of directors’ support and confidence in him.

“I’m looking forward to joining the team and working collaboratively with the towns, villages and county in continuing to provide quality and affordable water and sewer services to Livingston County communities.” Molino announced to the Tompkins County Legislature Tuesday night he had accepted the Livingston County role. His hiring by the LCWSA was announced Wednesday afternoon.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but it is the right one for me and my family. This new position will afford me a better balance in my life and opportunities to be closer to our families,” Molino said in a letter to staff. LCWSA Board Chair Mark McKeown said the hiring of Molino followed a thorough search and extensive interview process.

“His experience, background and leadership will serve LCWSA and its future very well,” McKeown said in a statement. “We are looking forward to having Jason join our LCWSA team and bringing his experience and perspective to our group.” Molino, in his letter to Tompkins County staff, said the three years he has spent in the county were incredibly rewarding.

“I have been continually amazed by the thoughtfulness, sincerity and empathy that the county staff show the public every single day,” he wrote. “The staff’s professionalism and commitment to serve the community is what makes Tompkins County a very special place and has taught me as a leader the value of leading with compassion.”

Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne thanked Molino for his serv ing, saying that “Jason has served this county with integrity every single day in this role.... He has brought a thoughtful presence as our administrator, showing deep support for our staff and fiduciary tact putting together budgets under ever-more-complicated circumstances,” McBean-Clairborne said.

Molino, who was hired by Tompkins County in January 2018, oversaw the establishment of the county’s Office of Veteran’s Services, the merger of public health and mental health departments, established the county’s first chief equity and diversity officer, and led the county’s “Reimaging Public Safety Collaborative” in partnership with the City of Ithaca. He has also managed the county’s budget and emergency response through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tompkins County has had a track record of excellence under Jason’s leadership. We’re often first in the state and a community that others look to and admire,” McBean-Clairborne said. “Jason has shown compassion for our community, especially visible in the fast forwarding of our movement towards safety and equity for all residents, with a keen focus on those most marginalized.”

Molino plans to work closely with the Tompkins County legislature and county leadership over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. An interim administrator was expected to be named in the coming days, according to a news release from Tompkins County officials.

As Tompkins County administrator, Molino oversees around 700 county employees and manages an annual budget of more than $180 million.

Prior to serving as county administrator in Tompkins County, Molino spent years as city manager in Batavia. In Batavia, he helped Batavia get a New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area designation and secured the city’s first brownfield development, and worked with the city school district, Batavia Development Corp., Genesee County and Genesee County IDA to create a program to pool resources to invest in distressed areas of the city.

He was previously assistant to the village manager in Port Chester, Westchester County.

Molino has a master of public administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the State University at Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Norwich University of Northfield, Vt. He also served seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

The Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority is a public benefit corporation established to provide environmentally sound, efficient, reliable and affordable water and sewer service to Livingston County.                                    By BEN BEAGLE - ben@livingstonnews.com
Courtesy of the Livingston County News

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