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County Brings in Outside Help for Future Planning

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The full Cortland County Legislature came together Thursday (February 6) morning for a Committee of the Whole meeting, at which they heard a presentation by Mark Aesch, Chief Executive Officer of Transpro Consulting.

Newly elected Chair of the Legislature Paul Heider says he invited Aesch upon first reaching out to the NYS Association of Counties and speaking with other municipal representatives who had used TransPro.

Thursday’s meeting lasted a little more than an hour and was also attended by several county department heads.

According to Aesch’s presentation, his firm works with clients to “understand their challenges and intersect their date and peer analysis to create an actionable roadmap to success.” (click here to view the Aesch’s full powerpoint)

On Friday, Heider and the legislature submitted an official Request for Proposals seeking consultation on their strategic planning, organizational assessment and leadership development.

Bringing in outside help for these services is one of several goals Heider detailed in a January interview with WXHC’s Vinnie Bellardini, which aired on Meet Cortland County just days after he was confirmed as the newest chairman.

Heider follows Kevin Whitney, who decided not to run for reelection after a total of eight years on the legislature.

The primary concern both have been trying to fix relates to the county’s financial mismanagement over the past decade, which was addressed by the state in an October 2019 comptroller report.

Heider said part of the problem was also improved on with the hiring of a county administrator at the end of last year.

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