PENN YAN — After four years as chairman of the Yates County Legislature, Dr. Tim Dennis will not seek the position in 2018.
Dennis, a retired veterinarian, told the board of his plans earlier this month as he continues to recuperate from a medical issue. Vice Chairman Doug Paddock will chair the Legislature’s year-end meeting Friday.
“I had been thinking about whether I wanted to run for chairman again even before the medical situation,” Dennis said Wednesday. “I also think it’s healthy to allow other people to move through the ranks for leadership positions.”
Dennis, a Benton resident, was first elected to the Legislature in 2007 and has been re-elected every two years since, including last month. He represents the Legislature’s District 2, which includes the towns of Benton, Potter and Torrey.
The new Legislature chairman will be elected at the board’s organizational meeting on Jan. 2. Dennis said his decision was made after much consideration and consultation with his family.
“I deeply appreciate the support I have received from the management, staff and elected officials of Yates County over the last four years. We have always kept the safety and interests of all the citizens of Yates County as our first priority,” he said. “We have accomplished much and the county is in good shape to move forward. I will continue to serve on the Legislature and fully support and work with the new leadership.”
Two public hearings for proposed local laws are on tap for Friday’s meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. One would establish a residency requirement for the county public defender, while the other would establish an alternative property-tax exemption for Cold War veterans.