Lewis County Legislature Agrees on New Manager
The search for a new Lewis County manager may be over. After the former manager, David Pendergast announced his retirement in March, the legislature has been searching for a replacement and they have unofficially settled on a familiar North Country face.
A majority of the board decided Tuesday on Brian Wohnsiedler. He is the former Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District director. He left that position earlier this year. The Lewis County legislature is expected to appoint Wohnsiedler next week at its Tuesday meeting.
According to Jack Bush, R-Brantingham, the seven legislators of the ten member board at the committee meeting agreed on Wohnsiedler. Bush says Wohnsiedler is a good choice.
"I like Brian, I really do. I just think he will be an asset to Lewis County", said Bush. "We're coming into budget season and Brian has budgetary experience, and that's what we need at this point in time."
Something to note about Wohnsiedler. When he left Jefferson County Soil and Water, board members said the former executive director borrowed restricted money to help keep the organization going. But Bush says an audit showed he did nothing wrong.
7news was not able to reach Wohnsiedler.
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Watertown, NY