GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus recently announced the appointment of Harold "Harry" Porr III as new Director of Operations. Porr previously served as Village Administrator of Bronxville, Westchester County, City Manager of Newburgh, and worked in the administration of former County Executive Louis Heimbach. His responsibilities will include working directly with the county executive on a budget plan, examining all departments for potential cost savings and efficiencies, and scrutinizing all spending requests.
Porr will be paid a base salary of $110,000. As Bronxville Village administrator, Porr oversaw departments including Finance, Police, Public Works, and Buildings, and served as village administrator and village clerk as well as auditor to the board of trustees. As City Manager of Newburgh, Porr managed a full-service city government with a population of 32,000.
"Harry Porr is an experienced manager and this administration will benefit tremendously from his new role as Director of Operations," said County Executive Neuhaus. "Due to Orange County’s $60 million budget gap, all departments will have to make sacrifices, and additional savings must be pursued. By working closely with Harry and the rest of my budget team, we can develop a responsible, multiyear spending plan for 2015 and beyond. Our community has significant challenges ahead of it, as I have consistently pointed out, but I am confident these obstacles will be turned into more opportunities if we begin to make the tough choices that have been ignored or delayed for far too long."
Porr’s initial duties as Director of Operations will involve meetings with department heads to develop spending priorities ahead of the executive’s 2015 budget, scheduled to be presented to the Legislature by October 1, 2014.