MALONE — Paul Hogan says he will focus on employee empowerment, wise leadership and decisiveness if he is the District 4 Democratic nominee for the Franklin County Legislature.
He is running against Dr. Carl Sherwin in a primary race to be held Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The man selected by a majority of the 1,520 registered Democrats in Malone will run against incumbent Republican Marc “Tim” Lashomb on Nov. 5.
Hogan is vice chair of the County Industrial Development Agency, but this is his first attempt at political office since becoming a U.S. citizen in 2012.
“Originally, I wasn’t going to do it,” he said, “but I got the right to vote, and I saw things that concerned me. I believe I have the skills and experience to help Franklin County. I believe I understand the role of the county.
“What I found with the IDA was that there were no set goals or objectives. I was to required write an assessment of the agency and the director, but how do you do that if there are no goals or objectives? We didn’t have those. Those are invaluable because you focus on what you should be doing. It’s working smarter, not harder.
“It was apparent that the county government and administration was not what it should be. I’m concerned that the (state) comptroller said the county is under significant financial stress.
“There were 24 counties designated that way, and Franklin County scored third. And what have legislators done? I don’t think they’ve even addressed the issue.”
He thinks the county needs better financial planning.
“The county employs 600 people and has a $100 million budget. It should have a five-year financial plan that states goals and objectives.
“There should be staff evaluations and formal training of staff. We don’t evaluate employees.”