Horrigan Announces Appointment of New Finance Director

(L to R): Kitty Crow, who will become the County’s Finance Director in February; and Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive.
(L to R): Kitty Crow, who will become the County’s Finance Director in February; and Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive.

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Chautauqua County Executive’s Office

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has announced the appointment of Kitty Crow as the new Director of Finance for Chautauqua County.

Subject to the County Legislature’s approval, Crow will begin her new position on February 1, 2017 and she will replace current director Susan Marsh, who will retire on January 31, 2017.

Since April 2012, Crow has served as the Budget Director and Health Insurance Administrator for Chautauqua County. She also served as Interim Director of Finance from January 2012 to April 2012 and Budget Director from July 2006 to January 2012. As Budget Director and Health Insurance Administrator, Crow has managed the development and delivery of 11 county budgets, administered the county’s health insurance plans for active employees and retirees, created and presented budget related analysis to the County Executive and County Legislature, and has been the financial lead on the county’s management team for negotiating union contracts with the five recognized labor organizations in county government. She also spearheaded efforts among Chautauqua County and local municipalities to create and submit a multi-government efficiency plan as part of New York State’s Property Tax Freeze Credit Program. She also serves as the Chair of the Wellness and Health Insurance Review Committee, a member of the Chautauqua County Labor Relations Council, and is a past Chair of the Employee Recognition Committee.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to promote someone who has worked her way up in our organization,” said Horrigan. “Kitty has over 24 years of financial management experience in the private and public sectors. Over the past 10 years of working as budget director her leadership, dedication, and financial expertise have been great assets to Chautauqua County. I look forward to working with Kitty in her new capacity as Finance Director for Chautauqua County. I also acknowledge the incredible work of our retiring Finance Director Susan Marsh. During her tenure as Finance Director, Susan has strengthened our financial position and seen us successfully navigate challenging economic times. I wish her all the best in retirement.”

The selection of the new Director of Finance was made through the help of a bi-partisan search committee. Members of the bi-partisan committee included: Pierre Chagnon, Legislator (R-Bemus Point); Rick Johnson, CPA; Susan Marsh; Chuck Nazzaro, Legislator (D-Jamestown); David Smeltzer, Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Ministries; and Kristy Zabrodsky; CPA.

“I am very honored and grateful to be appointed as the next Finance Director for Chautauqua County,” said Crow. “I’d like to thank Susan Marsh for her leadership over the past five years. She has helped to develop the great team we have working in the Finance department today. I have enjoyed my tenure as Budget Director and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Crow graduated from Syracuse University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Operations Management. She currently resides in Fredonia, N.Y.