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News Release

August 22, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Director of Central Services Donald C. Miller to Retire;
Position to be filled with Dutchess County Resident

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the retirement of the County’s Director of Central Services Donald Miller.  Mr. Miller earned numerous national recognitions and awards during his service to Dutchess County over more than 19 years.  His last day with the county government will be Friday, August 26th. 

Central Services is a compilation of several divisions which serve other County Departments, assisting them in providing their functions more easily and at a reduced cost, and is crucial to the successful and efficient delivery of services by all of county government.  As Director, Mr. Miller is responsible for central purchasing, contract administration, telecommunications, duplicating and printing, inventory control, central billing, office supplies, supply delivery, mail services, and records management, as well as the automotive fleet maintenance and administration. 

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Don Miller joined my administration in our first year, and I indeed feel fortunate to have found such a knowledgeable and extremely competent individual to fulfill the critical responsibilities of this position.”   Prior to joining county government, Mr. Miller began his career with New York State Office of Mental Health in 1975 and held incrementally responsible positions in support, contract management, financial, and business services.  He holds a Masters Degree in Business administration and national certification as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer.  

Mr. Miller has brought many efficiencies and cost savings to county government and localities through innovative and cost savings programs such as the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group (Mr. Miller was one of the founding members of the HVMPG) and the County’s participation in HVMPG’s E-Procurement program, telephone enhancements and cost savings, and copier and equipment consolidation efforts.   These initiatives have resulted in millions of the dollars in savings for county property taxpayers.

As Director of Central Services, Mr. Miller has garnered several awards and recognitions including 2004 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute, national finalist for the 2004 National Institute for Governmental Purchasing Innovations in Public Procurement Award and the 2003 Best of the Web Award from the New York State Forum for Resource Management.   During Mr. Miller’s term, Dutchess County was the first county in North America to achieve full accreditation for its procurement program.

Mr. Miller said, “I have appreciated this opportunity to work with so many dedicated and professional employees in Dutchess County government.  Serving the residents of my county has been a very satisfying way to finish my career, and I thank County Executive Steinhaus for this opportunity, as well as his support over the years.”

County Executive Steinhaus said, “It is with sincere gratitude that I wish Don and his family a relaxing and enjoyable retirement,” said County Executive Steinhaus.

Clinton Resident Appointed to Position

The Director of Central Services is a senior management position which is a direct appointment and serves at the pleasure of the County Executive.   County Executive Steinhaus is pleased to announce his appointment of Heidi Seelbach-Budd to this key administration position to replace the retiring Donald Miller.

“Ms. Seelbach-Budd comes to county government after a long, successful career in the not-for-profit world.  We are very pleased she has accepted the challenge of this multi-dimensional and demanding position,” said County Executive Steinhaus. 

Ms. Seelbach-Budd has a B.S. in Finance from Siena College, as well as a B.S. in Accounting from Marist College.  Ms. Seelbach-Budd is accustomed to challenging fiscal environments that require strategic decisioning processes and regulatory adherence, and is accomplished at managing critical deadlines and providing analytical leadership.  She began her career at Marist College in 1989, moving to St. Cabrini Home in West Park, NY in 1991.    She held various positions at St. Cabrini including Controller since 1995 and the Director of Finance, which was the position she held from 2006 until she left St. Cabrini in February of this year.    

At St. Cabrini, she maintained management oversight for the operation of many of the same functions she will have responsibility for as Director of Central Services.  “I welcome this wonderful opportunity to work with County Executive Steinhaus and his management team in Dutchess County government.  I am excited to assume a comprehensive and involved leadership role in a terrific organization where I can utilize both my education and professional work experiences to the fullest.”

Ms. Seelbach-Budd resides in Clinton with her family.

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