Lewis County Names New County Manager

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Lewis County has a new manager.

The Board of Legislators announced Friday that it chose Liz Swearingin to fill the position previously held by David Pendergast, who retired in April 2013.

She will be paid $85,000 a year under a two year contract.

"Her leadership positions have given her in depth experience in finance, strategy, operations and business development," said Legislature Chair Michael Tabolt in a news release.  "She has worked in both large complex companies and non-profit organizations."

Swearingin obtained her M.B.A. from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts and her B.A. degree from Tufts University, Medford, MA. 

She is currently the Director of Business Strategy and Operations at CYCLE Kids, a non-profit that teaches kids nutrition through cycling in Cambridge, MA.

Prior to CYCLE Kids, Swearingin was employed by ICF International, New York, NY, as a principal in the Aviation and Aerospace Consulting division. 

In this position she was responsible for business development and customer satisfaction in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. 

She has also worked for the 5th largest steel producer, US Steele, as General Manager, Corporate Supply Chain-Customer Service in Pittsburgh, PA where she was in charge of North American order management and customer service.

She spent 16 years with US Airways as Managing Director of Supply Chain, Planning and Finance. 

She also worked for two software companies in aviation and workforce management.

"I've worked in very large, very complex organizations before and been very successful both from a leadership perspective, but also from a process management and efficiency perspective," said Swearingin in a telephone interview.

Swearingin has served as a member of the Citizen's for Reform of Allegheny County Government, a volunteer for Quaker Valley Hockey Association, and a Pittsburgh Women's Shelter board member. 

She enjoys reading, theater, canoeing and traveling.

Liz and her husband Mark, have been residents of Brantingham for 3 years.

She will be officially appointed as County Manager at the March 4 Board of Legislators meeting and she will begin work with the County on March 31.

A total of 25 applicants applied for the county manager position.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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