Fired Schenectady official named Glenville comptroller

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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— The former Schenectady budget analyst fired for speaking out against the city’s sales tax deal with the county is taking over Glenville’s finances.

The Glenville Town Board appointed Jason Cuthbert tonight to a one-year term as comptroller, at a salary of $60,000.

Cuthbert replaces George Phillips, whom the board chose not to reappoint. Town officials were quiet about the reasons for his departure.

Supervisor Chris Koetzle said Phillips’ last day was Friday.

“The board decided to make a change,” he said.

The supervisor would not elaborate further, saying it was a personnel matter, though he added there was no wrongdoing by Phillips.

Koetzle said it was no secret the board had been looking for a comptroller. The town held an open search previously but did not find any qualified candidates, instead appointing Phillips as acting comptroller, though it did not give him a full, two-year term.

Koetzle said he reached out to Cuthbert in October because he thought he would be a great fit.

“He’s very astute as far as budget and municipal finance, which is a unique set of skills,” he said.

Cuthbert comes to Glenville after being fired in September by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy after speaking during privilege of the floor at a City Council meeting to urge city officials to renegotiate the city’s sales tax deal with Schenectady County deal to get a larger share of revenue.

Cuthbert had worked for the city of Schenectady for about 15 months. He previously worked for Schenectady County for 31⁄2 years and spent five years with Saratoga County before that. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University at Albany.

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