Ms. Addison spoke of her upstate roots and strong desire to locate here when talking to reporters after the meeting. She said her management skills in various tasks in a federal agency will allow her to be ready when she takes over the managers post on July 16 from John Krol.
Newly Hired Manager Sharon Addison Meets Local MediaMr. Krol and Ms. Addison will coordinate the transition.
With her parents from her native Schenectady there and her two school age daughters joining other friends and relatives, Ms. Addison was also greeted by the third floor office staff.
Tick-Tock of Hiring
Last January Council had no plan for recruitment and transition. At my urging a bare 3-2 majority approved the hiring of former Ogdensburg manager John Krol to lead a recruitment effort. Since the March 20 application deadline, Council has thinned the herd of 37 applicants (30 men and 7 women...Two residing in Jefferson County and 35 elsewhere). The decision really came last weekend when Ms. Addison delivered a solid in-person interview that left Council members comfortable with her qualifications and persona. A final decision came Monday and by Thursday Mr. Krol and I had negotiated the final contract before calling the special meeting Friday afternoon.
We welcome her and her experience to the post.