Whyman quits treasurer's post; special election needed

WATKINS GLEN, July 21 -- Gary Whyman on Monday submitted his resignation as Schuyler County Treasurer, effective Aug. 1. He attributed the decision to "family issues."

The move, in the third year of his first four-year term as treasurer, means a special election will be held in November to fill the unexpired portion of the term. In the interim, Whyman will be succeeded by either a gubernatorial appointee or by Deputy Treasurer Lisa Snyder.

In either case, said County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, the person who assumes the job will have to run and win in November in order to continue in it.

O'Hearn said he learned early Monday afternoon about Whyman's decision, and said he would be meeting with the staff of the Treasurer's office on Tuesday to discuss "the succession and the continuity of office."

Whyman, who won election in 2011 and assumed office on Jan. 1, 2012, said in an email that the "family issue" involves a death in the family. He said he would be staying in the area, and continuing to serve the Spirit of Schuyler, a non-profit organization that helps county residents with emergency needs.