FORT EDWARD — Washington County supervisors are trying out a new budget officer who promised to put them on a diet.
In a narrow vote, they agreed to replace Hebron Supervisor Brian Campbell with Easton Supervisor Dan Shaw. Campbell had been budget officer for eight years.
Shaw has pushed hard for the county to stay within its means instead of regularly pulling money from savings to cover various expenses.
After he was elected budget officer, he pledged to prioritize the 10 or more capital projects that are in the works in the county.
“They’re all underfunded,” he said. “Pick what we can afford to do. I think that’s the best solution and that’s what I’m going to work on.”
Campbell congratulated Shaw on his win.
“I was very humbled when I won,” he said. “I was more surprised when I won than when I lost.”
He spent two years on the board voting for budgets with “no idea” what was in them before he was elected budget officer, he said. His main goal was to create a much more transparent process, so that every supervisor understood the budget thoroughly.
“It’s been a great experience,” he said, adding that he will still listen to concerns from supervisors and department heads.
“I probably won’t be as available as I’ve been, because I’ve got to get another job,” he said.
The board unanimously re-elected Argyle Supervisor Bob Henke as chairman, and elected Putnam Supervisor John LaPointe as vice chairman.
The board also created a new committee to handle IT and the many issues it involves, including network security and the cost of regular upgrades for equipment.