August 26, 2020
From County Spokesperson Mary Perham:
A long-time public servant will officially step down from service in Steuben County, with his current position filled by the former county deputy manager. County Finance Office Deputy Commissioner Patrick Donnelly will step down in September after two decades as a former county legislator, county legislative chair and county finance commissioner. “I said I would leave when they found someone to take my place,” Donnelly told the county Legislature Monday. “Well, they have. And so I will.” Donnelly’s position will be filled by former county Deputy Manager Mitch Alger, who left his county position in January 2019 to become Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities at the Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. A Bath native, Alger earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and psychology from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s degree in public education from SUNY Albany. Before being hired as county deputy manager, he worked as an administrator in Allegany County. Donnelly, a county legislator for the Town of Bath for eight years, serving as vice-chair and chair of the Steuben Legislature. He resigned in late 2010 after he was picked in the November General Election to head the county’s finance department. More recently, he stepped down as commissioner to work as a deputy under current Finance Commissioner Tammy Hurd-Harvey. In his remarks to the county Legislature Monday, Donnelly noted the legacy of his predecessor, county Treasurer Carol Whitehead, who died unexpectedly in 2009.