Republican Legislator Charles Sudbrink Tosses Name in For County Highway Superintendent
A Cortland County legislator is among the potential candidates who have applied for the County Highway Superintendents position that is currently vacant due to resignation.
Republican County Lawmaker Charles Sudbrink who is currently in his first term as a County Legislator representing the towns of Cincinnatus, Freetown, Taylor and Willet has submitted his application to serve as head of the County Highway Department.
In an effort to remove any ethics questions and avoid a potential conflict of interest, County Legislative Chair Susan Briggs has removed Sudbrink from the Highway Committee, which oversees the Highway Department.
Briggs has reassigned Republican first-term legislator Joe Steinhoff from the Solid Waste Committee to the fill the vacancy on the Highway Committee, with Sudbrink moving to the Solid Waste committee.
Sudbrink is prohibited from being a Legislator and a County employee simultaneously, and if appointed by the Legislature as the head of the highway department he would be forced to resign as a Legislator.
In addition to overseeing the County Highway Department, the Highway Superintendent is also in charge of the County Landfill.
Former Superintendent Don Chambers who served in the position for 10 years resigned last month to accept the same position in St. Lawrence County.
Last week lawmakers on the Budget and Finance Committee voted to increase the pay for the highway position. County Personnel Director Annette Barber has said the county has not received as many applications as she would have expected.
The county is continuing to accept applications for the position, there is no timetable for when lawmakers may move to fill the job.