After 12 years as Batavia City Manager, Jason Molino is moving on.
Molino confirms today he has accepted the position of Tompkins County Administrator in Ithaca.
Molino said he answered an ad placed by the Tompkins County Legislature seeking a replacement for former Administrator Joe Mareane, who retired in November.
The position in Ithaca opened up within days after the Batavia City Council rejected a pay raise for Molino that had been included in the 2016-2017 budget.
Molino tells WBTA News:
Molino was the assistant city manager for only a few months when he received the full-time appointment and became the youngest city manager in the state.
Molino said the Tompkins County legislature act on his hiring tomorrow night. He expects to begin his new job by the middle of January.
Sources in Ithaca confirm Molino will be paid $130,000 annually, plus fringe benefits.
Molino said he will miss the people he has worked with over the past 12 years:
Since there is no assistant city manager in Batavia right now, it will be up to city council to select an interim manager until a permanent manager is found.
The county administrator is responsible for overseeing the county’s annual budget of about $165 million, as well as appointing and supervising non-elected department heads. The administrator also ensures policies of Tompkins County Legislature are followed, manages special projects and represents Tompkins County at the state and local level.
Molino was selected by a search committee made up of legislators, department heads, labor representatives and community members. There were more than 20 applicants, but three were recommended to and interviewed by the full Legislature.