KINGSTON – Former interim Ulster County executive and chief of staff to former County Executive Michael Hein, Adele Reiter, was appointed interim county comptroller through the end of the year. The county legislature selected her in a bipartisan 16-6 vote Tuesday evening.
She also has served previously as deputy county treasurer.
Republican Legislature Minority Leader Kenneth Ronk said Reiter is up for the challenge.
“Adele, to the Republican caucus, was the right person for the right job at the right time and to turn down this opportunity for the people of Ulster County would be a poor decision,” he said.
Reiter, a Democrat, served in the former Democratic administration, but it was the minority Republicans on the legislature who locked up her appointment as acting comptroller.
A half-dozen Democrats wanted Rief Kanan from the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz, but the vote for Reiter was 11 Republicans and five Democrats for her, versus six Democrats who wanted Kanan.
Democratic Legislature Majority Whip Lynn Eckert said Reiter “has performed ably as our acting county executive with a calming, steady, inclusive consensus-based approach.”
Republican Minority Whip Craig Lopez said “she has proven herself to be a leader who puts her all into everything she does.”
The remaining two years of Elliott Auerbach’s four-year term will be on the November general election ballot. Auerbach resigned to accept a state position.