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.