J. Justin Woods, JD, LLM, MPA was appointed Cayuga County’s 5th Chief Administrative Officer. He assumed office on December 18, 2017, and is under contract through December 31, 2021.
A career planning director and department head working in municipalities ranging in size from 3,000 to 75,000 people throughout the northeast, the County Legislature felt that Mr. Woods demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the County on the wide range of issues required from a Chief Administrative Officer. Administrator Woods brings nearly 20 years of experience in:
- Community and economic development
- Land use and environmental policy
- Municipal planning and strategic management
Administrator Woods graduated cum laude from Green Mountain College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pace University, where he was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha – the Public Administration Honor Society – and received the Public Administration Award for the highest GPA. Administrator Woods also holds a Juris Doctor (JD), cum laude, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, cum laude, from Pace Law School.
During law school, he served as Scholar at the Pace Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development, which awarded him with a Distinguished Service Award. Since completing law school, Administrator Woods taught as both an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer of Public Administration in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.