BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino will step down from his position at the end of May to accept a role in Livingston County. Molino informed the Tompkins County Legislature of his departure on Tuesday evening.
Molino will leave his role in Tompkins County to become the Executive Director of the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but it is the right one for me and my family,” Molino said in a letter to county employees. “This new position will afford me a better balance in my life and opportunities to be closer to our families.”
Molino was hired by the county legislature in January 2018. Previously, Molino was City Manager of Batavia, N.Y., in Genesee County.
During his tenure, he oversaw the establishment of the county’s Office of Veteran’s Service, hired the county’s first Chief Equity and Diversity Officer and the merger of the Mental Health and Public Health departments, as well as managed the county’s budget and emergency response during the pandemic.
In a statement, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature, thanked Molino for his service.
“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 wrote.
The Tompkins County Administrator is tasked with overseeing around 700 county employees and manages an annual budget of over $180 million.
The legislature is expected to name an Interim Administrator in the coming days, and a search for the next County Administrator will begin later this year.