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Ousted city official lands in Glenville

Town moves tax collection back in-house after receiver reorganization

— Schenectady’s former city budget analyst, who was fired after speaking out against the city’s sales tax agreement with the county, has a new set of municipal finances to handle.

The Glenville Town Board on Wednesday, Jan. 3, appointed Jason Cuthbert to town comptroller for a one-year term at a salary of $60,000. The appointment was a resolution added to the agenda at the end of its organizational meeting. Cuthbert replaces George Phillips, whom the board decided to not reappoint, but little explanation was given for the switch.

“The board decided to not reappoint George,” Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said after the meeting. “The board decided to make a change in the position and Jason was the chosen candidate.

Phillips’ last day of employment was on Friday, Dec. 28, according to Koetzle.

Several attempts to reach Phillips for comment were unsuccessful. Koetzle declined to offer details on the board’s decision to make the change, offering only that it was a personnel issue.

“The board just felt it was time to make a change in the position,” Koetzle.

Town Attorney Michael Cuevas said Phillips was only the “acting comptroller” and was never appointed him for the full, two-year term. Koetzle said the town previously held an open search for the position, but failed to find a suitable candidate, so Phillips was appointed.

“The search didn’t stay open and it didn’t essentially end, either,” Koetzle said. “These are things that George has always been aware of … being an acting comptroller kind County for more than three years before joining the city. He worked in Saratoga County for five years before that. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University at Albany.

There won’t be much time for Cuthbert to settle in, as Koetzle’s prepares his State of the Town address for Wednesday, Jan. 16, and budget talks for next year are already starting.

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