In the upcoming Skaneateles town elections, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, the only contested race is for town justice. Republican and incumbent justice Kathleen Dell is running for reelection against Democrat and former village trustee Tim Lynn.
The town justice position is allocated to be a 20-hour-per-week position, with a pay of approximately $15,000 per year.
The Skaneateles Press conducted interviews with both candidates in order to bring our readers the following profiles. Based on these interviews and other research, the Press also has made a candidate endorsement, which can be found in the editorial section of this week's newspaper.
Kathleen H. Dell
Republican candidate Kathleen H. Dell is a graduate of Powelson Business Institute’s legal secretarial program.
She has worked as a secretary in the stockholder relations department of New York State Electric and Gas, at the Syracuse law firm of Melvin & Melvin and for the general counsel of Agway, Inc.
Dell took time out of the work force to be a stay-at-home mother until her daughter entered school full time, then returned to the workforce as a deputy court clerk in Skaneateles Town Court starting in 1992.
Dell served as court clerk from 1996 to 2007, and in July 2007 was appointed to fill the vacant seat of town justice. That November, she was elected as Skaneateles town justice to a four-year term, and currently is the incumbent judge. Since February 2010, Dell also has served as the part-time secretary to the Onondaga County Court judge.
During her years as court clerk and town justice, Dell attended all the annual training and certification courses for both professions, and also numerous elective training courses. The presenters at the various conferences she attended were representatives of multiple organizations, such as the department of motor vehicles, the state comptroller’s office, division of criminal justice services, members of various law enforcement agencies and the NYS Magistrate’s Association.