Updated 02/26/2013 06:19 PM
Fanslau reflects on his time as Sullivan County Manager
With just one week left on the job, Sullivan County Executive David Fanslau is looking back. YNN's Eva McKend spoke with him about his last six years at the helm of Sullivan County.
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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- After more than six years as county manager, David Fanslau says he hopes to be remembered for providing leadership and saving the county money.
"Bringing forth the ability to really manage the county budget and the work force, instituting lean government challenges, at the same time upgrading technology that ultimately saved money," said Fanslau.
Fanslau was voted out last week by five members of the county legislature. He says despite how it all ended, the county has a bright future.
"I’m going to be positive. I think that the county has a lot to offer. I think that the community has a lot to offer, the citizens that has a very talented staff. Government has politics and politics has government," he said.
Legislator Jonathan Ruis says the manager has shown leadership and now is the time to start thinking about transitioning to a county executive form of government.
"If you look at the structure of county government, over the past six years, we’ve managed to become more efficient, streamline, do more with less and I think that’s a real credit to the leadership at the top," said Ruis.
Under Fanslau, the county secured state funding for upgrades to the county's emergency communications system. He says the next manager will face steep challenges ahead.
"Without a change in how state mandates are funded or significant and substantive relief of state mandates, there’s going to be a challenge for counties across New York State in moving forward in the years to come."