The Yates County Legislature opened its two-year term which ends Dec. 31, 2019 by electing Douglas Paddock of District 1 to serve as chairman and Leslie Church of District 3 to serve as vice chair.
Paddock later called Church’s election as vice chair “momentous,” noting that the legislature has never had a female chair or vice chair. Church commented, “I hope to support the agenda you put forth.”
After taking the chairman’s seat, Paddock commented, “I have had the pleasure of serving with a number of excellent legislature chairmen in the past and have, I hope, learned some of the traits and skills necessary to perform the job effectively.”
He then said he sees the legislature’s responsibilities going forward to build on accomplishments that have been achieved, “and continue to do the good work that this group is capable of and that the citizens of this county expect.”
Paddock listed some specific initiatives: a long-term major expenditure plan; the broadband survey; electronic document storage; creating a path forward for operation of the correctional facility; and continuing to act as good stewards of the county’s fiscal resources.