Jared Simpson, Canandaigua’s elected town supervisor since 2021, has transitioned to a full-time role in response to recent departures of key town officials, including former Town Manager Doug Finch. Finch left for a job in Texas, prompting Simpson to increase his presence and responsibilities in the town hall.
In the town’s January newsletter, Simpson acknowledged the departures of Finch, Town Clerk Jean Chrisman, and Code Enforcement Officer Dale Zukaitis. Emphasizing the need for strong leadership during this period, Simpson announced his extended office hours at the Town Hall, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until the end of the day, Monday through Friday. He expressed his commitment to addressing residents’ concerns, improving the town’s growth, and enhancing transparency in governance.
Simpson, a Republican, who was first elected to the Town Board in 2019, outlined plans to conduct two Town Board meetings per month. This approach aims to maintain the town’s operational efficiency and focus on long-term goals, including the comprehensive plan, capital planning, and financial strategies.
The need for a full-time supervisor is particularly significant as the town embarks on the search for a new town manager. Simpson mentioned that at the January 8 organizational meeting, the board would vote on hiring a firm to assist in this search.
Reflecting his shift to a full-time role, Simpson’s salary as town supervisor has increased from $21,861 to $68,873, acknowledging the enhanced responsibilities and commitment required in his new capacity.
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