Dutchess County , NY
 
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The County Executive, within appropriations provided therefor, may designate a person or unit within the executive branch to assist him/her in the purchasing, sale, rental and servicing of all materials, supplies and equipment for the County as provided in Article XXVIII of the Code. The County Executive may authorize such designee to approve and execute any or all such contracts on behalf of the County. The County Executive, or his/her designee, shall, among other related powers and duties:
(a) 
Establish and maintain a central purchasing system;
(b) 
Establish and enforce standard specifications with respect to supplies, materials, equipment and services;
(c) 
Inspect or supervise, or otherwise provide for the inspection or supervision of, all deliveries of supplies, materials and equipment and determine their quality, quantity and conformance to specifications;
(d) 
Disburse and transfer supplies, materials and equipment among and between the various units of government;
(e) 
Sell or lease surplus, obsolete or unused supplies, materials and equipment under such rules and regulations as may be established by resolution of the County Legislature;
(f) 
Prepare and update annually an inventory of all real or personal property of the County, and make such inventory available to the various units of government; and
(g) 
Upon the request of any city, town, village, school district or other unit of local government, provide central purchasing services for all or part of its purchases, upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the County Legislature.
The County Executive, within appropriations provided therefor, may designate a person within the Executive Branch to assist him/her in administering a personnel and employee relations program. The County Executive, or his/her designee, shall, among other related powers and duties:
(a) 
Maintain and administer a salary plan for Dutchess County employees and periodically resurvey prevailing salaries and recommend amendments to the County Legislature to eliminate inequities, recruiting difficulties and employee turnover problems;
(b) 
Institute programs to insure that each incoming County employee is properly advised of the characteristics and practices of County employment and receives necessary orientation and pre-work-assignment training;
(c) 
Determine those aspects of employment, working conditions, benefit programs and employee activities which would be conducive to improving employee morale and performance as a basis for recommending necessary action to the County Legislature; and
(d) 
Negotiate and administer on behalf of the County agreements with recognized employee representatives concerning conditions of employment, wages, employee sick leave, vacation, health insurance, retirement plans and such other matters as may come before him/her, and recommend necessary action to the County Legislature.
The County Executive, within appropriations provided therefor, may designate a person within the Executive Branch to assist him/her in the preparation of a tentative County budget, as provided in Article XXIX of the Code. The County Executive, or his/her designee, shall, among other related powers and duties:
(a) 
Provide for the submission to, and the review and amendment by, him/her or his/her designee of unit budget requests and their presentation to the County Legislature;
(b) 
Provide for the preparation of a long-range capital program for the County of Dutchess with detailed plans to meet the physical facilities needs of the County; and
(c) 
Provide for budget controls and allocation of appropriated funds in the most efficient and economical fashion.
The County Executive, within appropriations provided therefor, may designate one or more persons or units within the Executive Branch to assist him/her in administering supporting services or facilities required in common by the various units for maximum economy and effectiveness. The County Executive, or his/her designee, shall, among other related powers and duties:
(a) 
Have custody of and supervise the installation, operation and maintenance of all data processing equipment, supervise the personnel assigned to operate such equipment and consult and advise with personnel and heads of units in identifying applications which can advantageously be made to achieve full efficiency, economy and utilization of such equipment;
(b) 
Maintain and operate facilities for the central receipt, distribution, processing and collection of mail and messages from and between units designated by the County Executive; and
(c) 
Maintain and operate facilities for the central reproduction of printed matter.
In addition to the enumerated powers and duties set forth in the Charter, this Code or applicable law, the County Executive shall be empowered to:
(a) 
Authorize any officer or employee paid from County funds, except members, officers and employees of the Legislative Branch, to attend, at County expense, any convention, conference, school or function deemed to be in the interest of County government;
(b) 
Transfer employees temporarily between units of the Executive Branch;
(c) 
Determine what officer or employee of the Executive Branch shall exercise powers or perform duties not otherwise assigned by the Charter, this Code, local law, ordinances or resolutions of the County Legislature, or any applicable provision of any act of the Legislature;
(d) 
Declare the existence of an emergency affecting the life, health or safety of inhabitants of Dutchess County, and, except as otherwise specifically provided by law, perform all acts necessary for the protection of such inhabitants, and execute all necessary documents to effectuate this authorization; and
(e) 
Make such recommendations to the County Legislature as he/she may deem advisable.
(a) 
The County Executive may issue a subpoena requiring any officer or employee under his/her jurisdiction to attend before him/her and be examined in reference to any matter within the scope of any study or investigation of the affairs, functions, accounts or personnel of the County government and, in a proper case, to bring with him/her books, papers, documents and other evidence. The provisions of the Civil Practice Law and Rules in relation to enforcing obedience to a subpoena lawfully issued by a judge, arbitrator, referee or other person in a matter not arising in an action in a court of record shall apply to a subpoena issued as authorized by this section.
(b) 
The County Executive, within appropriations provided therefor, may employ, contract with or otherwise retain all personnel necessary for the conduct of such study or investigation, and in connection therewith may designate any County officer to preside, administer oaths or affirmations, examine witnesses, receive evidence and report his/her finding and recommendations to the County Executive.
On or before the first day of October of each year, after obtaining such information or holding such hearings as he/she may deem necessary or advisable, the County Executive shall determine and fix the real property tax equalization rates among the various tax districts of the County for County purposes, and shall file the same on or before such date, together with an abstract of computations upon which such rates are based, with the Clerk of the County Legislature and the State Board of Real Property Tax Services. The basis for computation of such rates shall be preserved by the County Executive and an abstract thereof shall be published with the County equalization rates in the Journal of Proceedings of the County Legislature.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The County Executive shall not be an officer, director or stockholder of any depository or depositories designated by him/her pursuant to Section 3.02(g) of the Charter, nor in any business proposing to supply equipment, supplies, materials or service pursuant to Section 3.01 of the Code.
The Seal of the County of Dutchess shall be the Seal of the County Executive. Such Seal shall be used for all authorized and required purposes.