The city manager serves at the pleasure of the Common Council. Under the charter, the council may suspend the city manager by enactment of a resolution approved by the majority of the Common Council which shall set forth the reasons for suspension and proposed removal.
David Rissberger, council member from the Third Ward, said Long has done a “fantastic job” with grant applications and city projects, which was echoed by other council members.
Long’s skills and experience helped the city of Oneonta secure state funding for local projects, including landscaping and parks improvements. In August, state officials announced that nine projects in Otsego County, mostly in the town and city of Oneonta, won $1.9 million in state funding.
In 2013, Long requested and received informal reviews in April and September, and at the time of his one-year anniversary Miller said Long was “doing fine” and the city was on-track with a city manager handling daily operations.
In December 2012, the Common Council outlined by resolution specific goals for 2013. Those goals included developing a plan to eliminate the structural deficit; a study of departments and functions; successful Civil Service Employees Association negotiations; establishing a development plan for the city; conducting a rigorous evaluation process for department heads; and developing a beautification plan for city entrances.
On March 19, 2013, Long gave a State of the City address to the Common Council, as required annually by the charter, but he hasn’t presented a report yet this year.
Before joining Oneonta City Hall, Long was city administrator for Poughkeepsie, a position he held since 2008. He previously worked for the Cayuga County Planning Board and the city of Auburn.
Long holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape architecture from the State University College of Environmental Science at Syracuse and a Master’s of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.