Yates County Legislature appoints new County Administrator

The Yates County Legislature is pleased to announce that after a thorough evaluation of Yates County Government and the search for a replacement for the long time County Administrator, Sarah Purdy, the process has come to an end. During their meeting Monday, the County Legislature appointed Robert Lawton of Santa Rosa California to the position.

Mr. Lawton has extensive experience in County Government. He has most recently served as Deputy County Administrator in Sonoma County California. Prior to that he was County Manager in Luzerne County Pennsylvania for several years. He had previous experience at counties in California, Wisconsin, and New York.


He received his B.A. at SUNY New Paltz and his M.A. at the University of Iowa. In addition, he is certified with several nationwide executive credentials. Robert is active in the National Association of Counties and the International City/County Managers Association.


Lawton was selected from three finalists who were interviewed in mid-July. Although Lawton took his seat in the Administrators chair during Monday’s meeting, he will officially begin on September 6th. His annual salary will be $100,000 in addition to county benefits. Robert (Bob) will be moving to Yates County in the upcoming weeks and settling in Himrod in the town of Milo where they have purchased a home.


Legislature Chairman Dr. Timothy Dennis stated, “On behalf of the Yates County Legislature I would like to formally thank the County Administrator Taskforce for tirelessly working to evaluate our Government and fill the position. Taskforce members consisted of, County Attorney Scott Falvey, Public Health Director Deb Minor, Treasurer Nonie Flynn and Personnel Officer Kerry Brennan, Legislators, James Smith, James Multer, Mark Morris and Doug Paddock. I would especially like to thank Doug Paddock who chaired the committee and worked countless hours getting us to this point.” “In addition, the Yates County Legislature and Management Team welcome Mr. Lawton and look forward to working with him.”

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