RUTH A. DOYLE BIO
I am the Administrator for St. Lawrence County Government overseeing 25 Departments and 783 employees since April of 2015. Prior to this appointment, I worked as the Assistant Administrator for St. Lawrence County for seven years and the Deputy Clerk to the Board of Legislators for five years. In 2003, I began working for St. Lawrence County after working in Healthcare Administration with Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. I was born in Fulton County, Georgia and raised in St. Lawrence County, New York. I graduated from Lisbon Central School District and completed my undergraduate education at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. I graduated in 1997, I was a scholar athlete with a Division II soccer career playing center midfield for the Dolphins.
Following completion of my bachelor’s degree in Political Science, I applied and was accepted into the BUNAC Program in London, England and worked for British Telecom (BT) in an international analytic capacity. I really enjoyed the experience of living and working in other cultures and learning the traditions of other countries. Following conclusion of the timelines associated with a work visa, I departed England and traveled in Western Europe and visited many of the countries and cities where some of the greatest events of history took place. My academic background in studying the political structure of the United States and countries around the world was brought to life through traveling and completed with a career in county government. Upon return from traveling, I moved to Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan specifically in the marketing field. This helped me understand the business environment much better as my work took me along the northeastern coast of the United States including; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. I am extremely fortunate to have found meaningful employment in a place where I have roots. The scenic environment, quality of the people, and rural nature of the County are the main reasons that I was certain that eventually I would return and raise my family here. I work hard to make our dreams a reality and with my husband, David, raising our children; two girls and two boys while enjoying a healthy country lifestyle with dogs, chickens, ducks, and rabbits.
In the roles I have held with St. Lawrence County Government, I have worked conscientiously to learn the foundation of the County and participate in its evolution over time. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with some incredible staff and be mentored well throughout my tenure. As Assistant Administrator, I took on a much larger role with the budgetary process and provided accurate information to the Board of Legislators. I was appointed Administrator during a very difficult time in the financial history of the County. I believe that a transparent budget process for government is critical to allow for informed decisionmaking in the County. I was closely involved with recommending as Assistant Administrator and now implementing as Administrator, a reduction in the true value tax rate applied to the real property in the County, one of the main sources of revenue for the organization. It needs to cost less for folks to own their homes in St. Lawrence County. As a municipality with limited revenue sources, identifying new ways to appreciate savings has been an ongoing process through the years. I recognize the struggle to provide the necessary and locally preferred services and in turn, be one of the largest employers of the County. This is challenged by continuing to work on reducing the cost of operations. The unanswered needs in an impoverished county like St. Lawrence are constant, particularly when you relalize that one in three county citizens are receiving some type of public assistance. The goals that I am dedicated to each day are rooted in nurturing an organization back to fiscal health, taking care of staff to improve morale while charting the course for a successful future that can support its citizens in a helpful manner.
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