October 28, 2021

Cortland County hires new administrator

Cortland County Seal

After five years, Cortland County will once again have a county administrator, as the Cortland County Legislature voted Thursday to promote its information technology director to the position.

The 16-0 vote to hire Information Technology Director Rob Corpora, a 22-year county employee, as the next county administrator for an annual salary of $120,000 for four years, followed no questions or dispute from legislators at the meeting.

Legislator Chad Poli (D-Cortland) was absent.

“I’m very excited about this,” said Legislator George Wagner (R-Marathon, Lapeer). “My only regret is he didn’t come for this sooner.”

Corpora, 58, of Marathon, has spent his entire tenure with the county as its information technology director, the past several working with the software the county uses to create its budget.

Before joining Cortland County’s technology department, Corpora worked 7 1/2 years at Tompkins Cortland Community College as a systems analyst.

“This year we’ve come a long way,” Corpora said after the meeting, noting the county has filled some important positions like director of finance and county auditor. “I hope things go as smooth as possible next year.”

He also said the county made progress with municipalities after working together to figure out workers compensation issues and he hopes that cooperation will continue.

Corpora was recommended by the Personnel Committee after the County Administrator Search Committee, which was created in December 2018 to find someone to fill the position, failed twice to select a candidate.

The position was created by law in 2002, but has been vacant since 2014 following clashes between legislators and its former two administrators, Scott Schrader and Martin Murphy. A state comptroller’s audit released Dec. 6 states the county should fill the vacancy because it was a key financial position. Corpora said he is not worried about working with any of the legislators who will be serving again next year because he has already worked closely with them for years.

“I have had no problems with any of the legislators,” he said. “I look forward to working with the new ones coming on.”

One of his goals going forward is to find ways to cut spending without cutting services, he said.