Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions this week about filling the position of Deputy County Manager – a position that will be vacant once current manager Brian Bosshardt departs for a new job as City Manager in Bedford, Texas. Bosshardt’s last day with the County will be Friday, March 31.
Burgess said any hiring decision will be made with respect to his development of the proposed FY18 budget, an effort that is currently underway.
“We are working diligently on budget development for the new fiscal year right now,” Burgess said. “As part of that process, I have not made any decisions yet to fill the Deputy County Manager position or any other vacant County positions.”
Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt
Burgess said he began meeting with all of the department directors this week about their proposed budgets, and will be gathering information from them as well as meeting with staff from the County’s Finance Office over the next two weeks to discuss anticipated spending by LANL for the rest of their fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Because Los Alamos relies heavily on gross receipts tax from spending by the national laboratory as the community’s largest employer, Burgess explained that their projected spending and the estimated tax revenue for Los Alamos will be a key part of his decision as he finalizes the budget. LANL has been operating under a Congressional Continuing Resolution. Under that resolution, LANL is restricted to spending levels that match the previous fiscal year’s approved budget. With recent changes in the presidential administration and top cabinet positions in Washington D.C., Burgess said there is no projected timeline yet as to when that LANL funding situation might change.
“After completing my meetings, I will be considering and assembling all of the information into a budget proposal for the Council to consider,” he said, adding that until the budget is adopted, he doesn’t plan to specify a timeline for a potential recruitment for the Deputy County Manager position.
The March 31 publication of the proposed fiscal year budget is a County Charter requirement. Budget hearings with the County Council will begin April 17 and the Council then has the opportunity to make further revisions to the budget recommended by the County Manager before adopting a budget for FY18.
Budget hearings are open to the public and citizens are welcome to attend and give the Council feedback. Budget adoption typically occurs in late April or early May. The new fiscal year for the County will begin July 1, 2017.