GENESEO, N.Y., Oct. 12, 2023 – After having served Livingston County for more than 15 years, County Administrator Ian M. Coyle has informed the Board of Supervisors that he will not seek reappointment following the expiration of his current term on December 31, 2024.
“This position has brought me immense joy and has been a dream job for me,” stated Coyle. “We raised our family here and we established roots. I am lucky and grateful that I am leaving on good terms and, in doing so, I am able to maintain and sustain great relations with the Board of Supervisors. No uncomfortable exit, no hard feelings, no burned bridges, no controversies. I am simply moving on to pursue other ventures and explore other passions in public administration.”
The youngest county administrator in New York State at the time of his hiring in 2008, Coyle’s tenure has been marked by significant, transformational change throughout the County. He has championed several initiatives including the expansion of emergency services, the deployment of high-speed, affordable internet throughout the County as part of Light Up Livingston, the creation and development of public green spaces and recreational areas including Al Lorenz Park and numerous capital improvement projects. Coyle was also instrumental in the creation of the Livingston County Landbank Corporation, which has worked to reinvigorate community development and enhance local economies by redeveloping properties for productive use.
“I want to thank Ian for his unwavering dedication and hard work in helping to make Livingston County a great place to live, work and play,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “His knowledge and skill in advancing local government priorities have helped to reshape our downtowns and main streets while several of the programs implemented during his time will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on residents, businesses and communities for years to come.”
Coyle, who oversees a $185 million annual budget, has worked with the Board of Supervisors and County department heads to develop sound financial practices as Livingston County is routinely recognized for its exemplary fiscal management. Additionally, the County has enjoyed upgrades to its bond ratings and has leveraged public dollars through state, federal and private grant sources to implement several important projects during his tenure.
In addition, Coyle has played a significant role in hiring nearly every current department leader and has spearheaded the inclusion of training and professional development at the County to provide employees with resources and educational opportunities to better serve the residents of Livingston County. Furthermore, Coyle has made information and advocacy efforts more readily accessible to the community through programs like Conversations with the County and the expansion of a public information office.
“We have programs and people in place that will help to usher in an era of progress and sustainability in Livingston County,” added Coyle. “The services and initiatives that have had success during my years as County Administrator have been directly influenced by the work of County staff and the direction of the Board of Supervisors. I’m incredibly proud of our department leaders and the work they do on a daily basis. I’m confident that Livingston County residents will continue to receive the excellent service they’ve become accustomed to.”
Moving forward, Coyle’s responsibilities will continue through the end of his current term, which is scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2024. Following the adoption of the 2024 County budget in November, the Board of Supervisors will establish a search committee with the purpose of working to find Coyle’s successor.
About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.
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