Suzanne Sinclair - County Administrator

Suzanne Sinclair lived for 23 years on Whidbey Island, located in Puget Sound, Washington, before moving to Upstate New York in December, 2007. Ms. Sinclair began her professional career with Edwards & Associates, CPAs, spending nine years with the firm. In 1995, she joined Island County’s Public Works Department, and in 1997 was elected County Auditor, the first county employee to successfully run for office. As County Auditor, Ms. Sinclair’s office conducted all elections within Island County, recorded deeds and other documents, managed the financial accounting system, published the annual financial report, provided vehicle licensing services, as well as records management for Island County’s records. During the twelve years she served Island County, a county of about 78,000 people, Suzanne Sinclair also served her colleagues as president of the Washington State Association of County Auditors and president of the Washington Association of County Officials, working on their behalf with the Washington State Legislature to help modernize and improve county government. She feels her outstanding legislative achievement was successfully persuading the State Legislature to move the State’s primary election date to better serve military voters. 


Ms. Sinclair moved to Seneca Falls, New York, as the Seneca County Manager, a position that she held until July, 2011. During that time, Suzanne participated in a number of community organizations on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, including the Seneca County IDA, Western Region Inter-County Association, and the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, and was appointed to the NYSAC Standing Committee on Native American Affairs and Gaming.

After a two-year hiatus with Finger Lakes Health, Suzanne returned to county government as Cayuga County Administrator in July, 2013. She is the first woman to serve in this position, where she oversees the daily functions of county government and also serves as the Budget Officer for Cayuga County’s $144 million operating budget, both within the policies established by the Cayuga County Legislature.

 “I love county government best,” she says, “because of the interaction with citizens, and the scope of services that county government provides.”

Suzanne earned a bachelor of arts in history from DePauw University and a bachelor of science in accounting from Central Washington University. She has been a licensed CPA by Washington State since 1994. In addition, she attended courses through the Cascade Executive Program at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Suzanne has made her home in the town of Niles since joining Cayuga County.           

“Elected officials and citizens are best served in an atmosphere of trust, communication, and efficiency.” – Suzanne Sinclair
Phone: (315) 253-1525   6th Floor 160 Genesee Street, Auburn NY, 13021