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NESBITT APPROVED AS ADMINISTRATIVE CHIEF

The son of Assembly Minority Leader Charles H. Nesbitt, R-Albion, was approved Wednesday as Orleans County's new chief administrative officer by the County Legislature in a 5-1 vote, with one abstention.

Charles H. "Chuck" Nesbitt Jr., 34, of Albion, whose first workday is May 9, said, "I'm excited about getting started. I'm looking forward to working with the Legislature."

Nesbitt will be paid $54,316 annually.

Legislator Gary F. Kent, D-Albion, voted against the hire. At-large Legislator Richard Bennett, D-Albion, abstained.

When asked why he voted no, Kent said, "I think the decision speaks for itself." He declined to elaborate. Bennett said, "He can do the job, but he just wasn't my first choice."

The Legislature has a Republican majority.

Nesbitt's most recent job was as economic-development specialist for the Finger Lakes Regional Office of Empire State Development Corp.

A graduate of Brockport State College, he was one of 13 people interviewed for the county job.

Nesbitt will be responsible for assisting in development of annual county budgets and fiscal monitoring of departments, county officials said.

He succeeds Stanley J. Dudek, who is retiring next month after 22 years of service.

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