Former Seneca County Manager Seeks Schuyler Top Job

Former Seneca County Manager Keith Ashby is one of three finalists for the Schuyler County Manager job. Schuyler County lawmakers will meet in special session this morning and are expected to select a new county manager. Ashby resigned in December amid accusations of bid rigging in the awarding of a contract for maintenance of county vehicles. Following an investigation by State Police and Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy, no criminal charges were filed against him. Healy said the absence of charges was not part of any deal but that there was no evidence of prosecutable crimes. Healy said county officials had asked him to notify them of any criminal wrongdoing on the part of Ashby. At the time of Ashby’s resignation, Healy did say the investigation is continuing into Preferred Auto of 2375 Mound Road, Seneca Falls. Last May retired Seneca Falls businessman James Stevers filed a complaint that alleged Ashby and Preferred Auto owner John Studwell illegally circumvented the bid process for the maintenance of some 80 county-owned vehicles.


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