Kotary marks the end of his tenure

Bethlehem councilman remembers past years as public servant

Former Bethlehem Councilman Kyle Kotary reminisces over his time serving the town.

Former Bethlehem Councilman Kyle Kotary reminisces over his time serving the town.

— Kotary said he has enjoyed his time working with four supervisors, eight different town board colleagues and hundreds of town employees.

Former Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham said the town was a better place for having Kotary as a town board member.

“Kyle was very conscientious about the function of town government and how it best served the community,” Cunningham said. “He kept me focused and was always very dedicated.”

Kotary said none of it could have been done without the devoted work of town staff.

“One of the best parts of the job was working with all of our dedicated town employees, our outstanding department heads, our elected officials, community leaders and exceptional volunteers,” he said. “Bethlehem is a special place in large part because of the special people.”

He said he was appreciative of the work done by the Human Resources Department during union negotiations and the staff’s attempt to put down in writing practices that had been in place for years but never made official. Kotary said he was also liked that the town worked hard to step into the 21st century by live streaming town board meetings, updating the website and the town’s growing use of social media as a tool to connect with residents.

Kotary said his hopes were high for Bethlehem’s future, and he feels he’s leaving the town in a good place.

“At the end of the day, I feel good about how the supervisor and the town board put past differences behind us to work together,” said Kotary.

Kotary and Supervisor John Clarkson ran against each other for the supervisor position in 2011. Kotary said the current town board was “truly one of the best” groups he’s ever worked with.

“We didn’t always agree, but we got though it all together,” he said. “You do battle, but then you lick your wounds and be professional. We’re all grown ups.”

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