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County Legislator Wilson Announces Resignation Due to Potential Job Confliction


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Cortland County Legislator Susan Wilson of the Legislative District 5, which covers the south eastern portion of the City of Cortland, has announced her resignation. Wilson said the announcement comes after obtaining a position as an Associate Dean at SUNY Cortland. She noted her classification as management confidential would mean she could have potential ethics conflicts, ultimately leading to her resignation to avoid any potential ethical issues.

“After thorough consultation with SUNY Cortland Human Resources and their consultation with SUNY ethics experts, it has been determined that my new role as Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies, which falls under the designation of management confidential, presents a conflict of ethics with my legislative duties.”

Wilson said in a letter provided to Cortland County Clerk Brooke Kemak.

Wilson said serving the county as a Legislator for the 5th District was a privilege and an honor and she noted how grateful she is for the support and collaboration with her colleagues and constituents during her time in office.

“Their service and professionalism made my tenure in the legislature one I will always look back on with gratitude. Thank you for the opportunity to serve Cortland County. I look forward to continuing to contribute to our community in my new capacity.” Wilson continued.

Due to Wilson representing the City of Cortland, Cortland Scott Steve Mayor will now have to appoint a replacement that will then need to be confirmed by the Common Council. It is expected that the Mayor and Councilor’s will discuss further on the open seat during their next Common Council meeting.

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