Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced his selection of Earl T. Bruno, Jr. (one of his two Executive Assistants) to fill the currently vacant position of Dutchess County Commissioner of Personnel. Bruno, 51, is a lifelong county resident and currently resides in Hyde Park with his wife Sandra and two sons.
County Executive Steinhaus stated, “Over the years, I have made many significant appointments to important positions within the County government structure. But admittedly, none have given me as much pleasure as my selection of Earl Bruno, Jr. to serve as Dutchess County Commissioner of Personnel.”
Steinhaus added, “Earl has worked closely with me for the past 18 years both as Deputy County Clerk during my prior tenure as County Clerk as well as in the Executive Office as one of my key advisors. He has proven management experience and has always risen to the challenges we have faced and the service improvements we have implemented. I have every confidence Earl Bruno will continue to provide a high level of service and commitment to the residents of the county as he embarks on this new challenge.”
Bruno has 27 years of management experience with Dutchess County government, with the past 12 years serving as Assistant to the County Executive for Steinhaus. As one of the two Assistants to the Executive, Bruno shares the responsibility for the management, administration, and operation of a 2000 person county government workforce and an annual budget of $342 million. Besides his role in advising the County Executive on major public policy issues, other responsibilities have included the direct oversight on the fiscal, programmatic, and administrative operations of various departments and units of county government, most recently in the areas of public safety, public works, general services and finance. His assignments over the years positioned him to work with and understand the service delivery and resource needs of all departments and units of county government, and included oversight of the Personnel Department for more than four years. As a senior advisor, he has also played a strong role in labor relations and contract negotiations.
“I am honored that County Executive Steinhaus has selected me to direct the Personnel Department and I appreciate his confidence in me,” said Mr. Bruno. “I am excited about this new challenge and opportunity to work with a great team of dedicated staff who provide a valuable service that impacts every county department as well as the cities, towns, villages, school districts and special municipal districts that in turn serve our residents.”
The position of Commissioner became vacant January 2003 upon the retirement of Douglas McHoul. Since that time, the department has been very capably run by Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Jennings who has a planned September retirement. Steinhaus said, “We are enormously grateful for the 26 years of service, most notably the past year and a half managing the department, by Kathy Jennings who has been an incredibly dedicated and highly skilled member of the management team.”
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Dutchess County Legislature and will be considered at its September Board meeting. The appointment will be effective September 27, 2004.