“I find this job tremendously rewarding in many ways,” said Crowell, noting he has no interest in taking any appointed position with Gov. Andrew Cuomo or any of the other Democrats holding statewide office. “I have a high degree of satisfaction in the job I am doing now.”
Bachman will be coming out of retirement to fill in during Crowell’s absence. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a former executive for Scanvec Inc., a computer software company in Wilmington, Mass.
Otsego County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, said he expects the county’s fiscal affairs will be capably managed by Bachman because of his experience with the Manor, which is now slated for privatization, and with county government.
“Russ Bachman is a veteran of county government and he understands the finances of the county,” Powers said.
Otsego County GOP Chairwoman Sheila Ross said no Republican has yet committed to challenging Crowell in the upcoming election.
“There are people who have been thinking about it,” she said. Crowell’s upcoming deployment, she noted, “might bring more interest” among those who have been eying the seat.
Crowell voiced strong confidence in Bachman’s ability to comprehend the challenges before the county, noting he has conferred with him often on county fiscal matters, particularly on those relating to the Manor, whose operating deficit has mushroomed in recent years.
He said that he and Bachman will meet daily over the next 2½ weeks until he leaves for duty.