Ulster-style county government is spreading

It's been just over a year since Ulster County began electing a county executive and a comptroller, ending the county legislature's long reign over management matters. While Ulster exec Mike Hein and comptroller Elliot Auerbach (who has a blog! whee!) have stepped on some toes in their first year in office, they've earned some avid supporters as well.

Now it looks like Sullivan County might want elected execs, too. (Sullivan currently has an appointed county manager.) A committee to investigate the possibility of electing a county exec recently met with the Hein administration.

Sullivan has an appointed county manager, who serves at the pleasure of part-time, elected legislators. The committee, while made up of representatives of all parties, was founded by Democrats to research the possibility of putting the question to voters of whether to create an elected county executive.