COOPERSTOWN — Citing his ongoing commitment to the U.S. Army Reserves, Otsego County Treasurer Dan Crowell revealed Monday he will not seek re-election this year and instead will throw his support to the county's acting treasurer, Russ Bachman, an unaffiliated independent.
Crowell, a Democrat who resides in Middlefield and has been on active duty since last January, said he made the decision after conferring with his family.
"It's just not compatible with military service," he said of his county position, which has him serving as Otsego County's chief fiscal officer. Crowell said if were to run for re-election to a second four-year term, there would be a high probability that he would be reactivated again for an even longer period than he is currently serving.
Crowell, an Army captain, also cited the fact he has been undergoing extensive training to become a leader in the elite Army Rangers.
The stunning development appeared to create an opportunity for Otsego Republicans, although the GOP has yet to field a candidate for the influential position — one of the few county-wide elected posts.
In a prepared statement, Crowell said: "This was a difficult decision, as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as treasurer. In particular, over the course of the last few years, I have come to appreciate how blessed we are with the many talented and dedicated department heads and employees, as well as a community that is remarkably informed and engaged. Across those groups and across their respective spectrum of opinions on the many complex issues we face as a community, it has been a privilege and a deeply rewarding experience to serve them."
Crowell said he plans to pursue potential opportunities in the private sector, but noted he is not entertaining any job offers at this point. He also would not rule out the possibility he would one day again decide to seek public office.