Yates names Flynn as new administrator


Yates County Treasurer Winona “Nonie” Flynn has some more duties.

As acting county administrator.

Following a budget workshop Wednesday, the county Legislature — in a unanimous vote — appointed Flynn to the position effective Nov. 4. She will get $26,100 in addition to her salaries as treasurer and budget officer.

“I am grateful to the legislators and their constituents for this honor and responsibility,” Flynn said. “I will continue to work hard in collaboration with the Legislature and management team to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of Yates County.”

The Legislature created a task force in June, after learning Administrator Bob Lawton was leaving to take a city manager position in California.

The task force — chaired by Legislator Ed Bronson of Middlesex — held multiple meetings, modified the local law that created the position of county administrator and revised the job description. The group then screened more than 20 qualifying applications, did telephone interviews and later face-to-face interviews.

After those interviews, Bronson said the Legislature considered internal candidates and Flynn clearly emerged as the best candidate.

“Yates County is fortunate to have Nonie accept the position of acting county administrator,” Bronson said. “In her roles as treasurer and budget officer, she is familiar with the management team, our employees, our towns, and Yates County government.”

Flynn served as deputy county treasurer for nine months before being appointed county treasurer in March 2013, when then-Treasurer Bonnie Percy — who is now on the Legislature — retired. Flynn was elected treasurer later that year and re-elected in 2017, running unopposed both times.

Flynn has been budget officer since 2015. A native of Penn Yan, she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University of Business in Ohio, and she had positions in both private and municipal organizations in other parts of the country before returning to Yates County.

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