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Van Buren, Salina to share comptroller

Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes, left, and Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra work out the specifics of an intermunicipal agreement in which the two towns will share a comptroller. Gregg Maxwell has been retained for the position and begins March 1 working two days in Van Buren and three days in Salina.

Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes, left, and Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra work out the specifics of an intermunicipal agreement in which the two towns will share a comptroller. Gregg Maxwell has been retained for the position and begins March 1 working two days in Van Buren and three days in Salina.

— The towns of Van Buren and Salina have entered into an intermunicipal agreement to share a comptroller.

Gregg Maxwell, who has been working with both towns on a part-time basis, has been hired by both municipalities to work three days in Salina and two days in Van Buren. He had previously worked an average of 10 to 12 hours per week in Van Buren for four years and a few hours per week in Salina for the past year.

According to Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes, there was a need in both Van Buren and Salina for additional comptroller support.

“[Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra and I] reached out to each other to determine how we might be able to satisfy the needs of our towns without each employing a full-time comptroller in each location,” Sykes said. “We also both realized the difficulty in finding a qualified, experienced person to fill the position. This opportunity presented itself when the Town of Geddes could not re-appoint Mr. Maxwell at their organizational meeting around the first of the year.”

According to Sykes, the comptroller's position is one that does not deal directly with the public and is kind of out sight and out of mind; however, it is necessary to track the accounting and budget monies and to insure compliance with New York State municipal financial guidelines.

With 38 years of accounting experience, 16 of which are in the municipal field, Maxwell has the experience to meet both towns’ needs. He will also assume the post of president of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association on April 1.

In Van Buren, Maxwell will continue the accounting and budget work he has been providing. He will also have expanded duties that include providing assistance on HR related items, union negotiations, insurance reviews and revisions and other duties assigned within his area of expertise.

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