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Lisa Holmes and Amie Hendrix Appointed Deputy County Administrators

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has tapped two experienced department administrators to serve in the position of Deputy County Administrator, announcing his appointment of Office for the Aging Director Lisa Holmes and Youth Services Director Amie Hendrix to fill critical leadership roles in the Department of County Administration and County government.  Both positions provide executive level assistance for County Administration’s many budget, administrative, planning, and coordination functions—involving Administration staff, and administrative and fiscal management of departments, programs, and agencies.

Hendrix and Holmes were selected as the result of an extensive national search.  “This was a thorough process that involved the input from many within the organization,” Administrator Molino noted.  “The talent pool that applied for the deputy position has brought forward two excellent internal candidates who will greatly contribute to County Administration and to the County organization.  After much thought and review, I decided to request from the Legislature to fill not only the existing deputy position but also the second deputy position authorized as part of the 2018 budget.”

Lisa Holmes, appointed as Deputy County Administrator (Operations and Administration), brings to the position 20 years of progressive responsibility in Tompkins County government through the Office for the Aging, serving since 2006 as its Director.  Holmes’ position will coordinate and oversee the administrative and fiscal management activities to support County departments and agencies—in part, assisting the Administrator in providing strategic and operational leadership and oversight to departments, services and major projects.  Ms. Holmes holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. 

“I am honored to continue to serve Tompkins County in this new capacity, and look forward to bringing my skills and experience to County Administration,” Ms. Holmes said.

Amie Hendrix, appointed as Deputy County Administrator (Performance and Innovation), enters the position with more than ten years of experience in government and non-profit administration, serving since 2010 as Tompkins County’s Director of Youth Services.  Ms. Hendrix’ position will include specific focus areas on performance of the County organization, including helping to lead the countywide performance measurement initiative, and working on leadership development and operational efficiencies within county government.  Ms. Hendrix holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Niagara University.

“This transition is bittersweet for me as I will greatly miss my team at Youth Services while being excited to begin a new role within the same organization,” Ms. Hendrix said.  “In my current role, I have seen many of the things that Tompkins County has to offer both our internal and external partners, and I look forward to finding ways to enhance our operations through building on current successes and tackling our challenges. It is truly energizing to support an organization you believe in.”

Mr. Molino’s announcement of the appointments followed the Legislature’s authorization to create the second Deputy County Administrator position and to transfer from the County’s Contingent Fund money that had been set aside as part of the 2018 budget to support the second Deputy’s position, as determined appropriate by the next County Administrator.  More than $150,000 in Contingent funding was appropriated to support cost of the second Deputy (salary and fringe), as well as related expenses such as office and computer expense.

Administrator Molino is working with Hendrix and Holmes on transition plans for their respective departments as they move out of their current positions.  “This is an exciting time for the Department of County Administration and county government,” Mr. Molino said.  “Lisa and Amie are excellent leaders in the community, and I am looking forward to their joining the County Administration team.”