(CITY OF BINGHAMTON, NY) Mayor Richard C. David today announces the first in a series of appointments for the new administration, which will take effect January 1, 2014.
David has named Gary Holmes as Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, and Jon Yeager as 1st Deputy Commissioner of Public Works. David will also reappoint Brian Seachrist as First Assistant Corporation Counsel. All three are currently City of Binghamton residents.
Gary Holmes is a former City of Binghamton Engineer with more than 40 years experience in the Public Works and Civil Engineering fields. Holmes has an AAS in Civil Engineering from SUNY Broome Community College and has been a New York State licensed professional engineer for 27 years. Holmes also served 11 years in Broome County Government as an Engineer III and as Acting Deputy Commissioner of Buildings and Grounds in the Broome County Department of Public Works. Holmes also spent 3 years as Environmental Engineer 2 with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and was a project manager for mitigation of Brownfield sites.
"Gary brings a wealth of experience having worked at the City, County and State level", said Mayor David "Effectively addressing the serious public infrastructure and public works issues facing the City will require some level of involvement from various levels of government, where Gary has already established inroads and a track record of success. Public infrastructure is more than roads and streets, and having a former City Engineer with this level of expertise lead the way will allow my administration to move much further much faster and achieve better results for the residents."
Jon Yeager also has experience with the City of Binghamton having served as a Deputy Commissioner of Public Works from 1995-96. Yeager currently works as a Senior Account Executive at Modern Marketing Concepts and has a background in marketing, sales and management. Yeager has a M.A. in marketing and business from Binghamton University and a B.S. in management from the Binghamton University School of Management. Yeager also has an A.A.S in Health Care Management from Community College of the Air Force and an A.S. in Liberal Arts from SUNY Broome Community College. Yeager also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Administrative Supervisor.
"Jon also has a great deal of experience in management and supervision and will ensure taxpayers are getting the most for their dollar by focusing on service and productivity in Public Works," continued David. "Having a solid Deputy will allow the Commissioner to not only focus on the core day to day responsibilities of snow removal, garbage collection, recycling, streets reconstruction, etc., but also on the Joint Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Filtration Plant, parking ramps and other public infrastructure."
Brian Seachrist served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Binghamton from 2000-2005 until he was promoted to First Assistant Corporation Counsel, a position he still holds today.
"Brian and I both started at the City of Binghamton in 2000, and I know him personally and have worked with him and feel he has a tremendous amount of background and institutional knowledge on City issues," continued David. "Brian has done a very good job for the City and I look forward to continue to working with him."
David has not reappointed any other current City employee. Evaluation of each Mayoral appointment is ongoing and some department heads will stay on in an interim basis past January 1, 2014 while the search continues for a replacement or they are reappointed.
"It was never a goal of mine to have every position filled in six weeks," said David. "Many of the positions I cannot effectively advertise for until I take office and there is a budget to do so. I want to cast a wide net which includes advertising in trade publications, to make sure a thorough search is conducted. What I have done is ensure the smooth transition of day to day operations while I fulfill my pledge of professionalizing City Hall."