MALONE - Kathy Fleury, the Democratic election commissioner for Franklin County, retires today.
The county Board of Legislators approved her retirement at their Thursday meeting.
Kelly A. Cox, who is currently serving as deputy commissioner for the Board of Elections, will take over Fleury's position. Everyone who spoke about Fleury expressed confidence that Cox will do a good job.
Legislators and county Clerk Wanda Murtagh had plenty of praise for Fleury.
"She's done an outstanding job," said Legislator David "Billy" Jones, D-Chateaugay. "I'm sure she'll continue to be an influence on this county."
Legislator Paul Maroun, R-Tupper Lake, said Fleury has always brought the county fair, honest elections, and Murtagh praised her dedication to ethics and following the law.
Fleury said she was floored by the warm comments from her colleagues.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, from the top of my heart and from the middle of my heart," Fleury said.
Fleury was first appointed commissioner on Jan. 23, 2003. She told the board how she started with the county "a long time ago" as a computer programmer trainee, then advanced to the director of data processing.
"I brought automation to this county when automation didn't exist," Fleury said.
She plans to participate in an ad hoc committee to make sure senior citizens of the county get the representation they deserve.
"As an election commissioner, you discover that the only people you can take to the bank are senior citizens, and I want to make sure that those senior citizens still get to go to the bank every day and have money in that account," Fleury said.
Cox will fill Fleury's unexpired term, which runs until the end of the year. She will make an annual salary of $45,267. The annual salary for the position was set at no less than $43,631 and no more than $50,000.