Garnar Names Executive staff
Garnar is only appointing one deputy county executive instead of the allotted two. The second position was not in the 2017 budget. If Garnar had added a second deputy executive, it would have cost Broome County approximately $100,000. He will announce several department head changes next week.
Garnar also announced the expansion of Open Office Hours to include some evenings and
weekends. In addition, Garnar and his staff will hold “pop-up” office hours throughout the
county, increasing access to members of the community unable to visit the office in downtown
Binghamton. Schedules for these new office hour initiatives will be available in the new year.
“I really like the executive team we are putting together.
They come from different political backgrounds and different parts of the county but what unites them is their love for Broome
County and their energy to really work hard for the taxpayers of Broome County”, said Garnar.
Kevin McManus - Deputy County Executive
McManus is a graduate of Binghamton University’s MPA program and has worked in Broome
County as an educator and in local and state government for many years.
Ben Lainhart - Executive Assistant
Lainhart was a librarian for several years before joining Jason’s campaign as Campaign
Manager and then leading the Transition Team after the election. He has a BA from Binghamton
University and an MS from Drexel University.
Colleen Wagner - Executive Assistant
Wagner is a Former Executive Assistant/Runaway Homeless Youth Coordinator for Broome
County, Youth Bureau Director for City of Binghamton, and most recently a Case Manager for
the Teen Transitional Living Program at Catholic Charities.
Faith Vavra - Secretary to the Deputy
Vavra holds an MA in Public Administration and an MA in Criminal Justice. She has recently
worked as an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Broome and as the Director of Community Health at
Connor Gates - Administrative Assistant
Gates is a SUNY Broome Graduate who had been with the Binghamton Mets for the past 19
seasons in several capacities, most recently the Director of Community Relations.