Matt Landers 2017
Master of Public Administration, Public Management Emphasis
Hometown: Elba, NY
Undergraduate College and Major: SUNY Brockport, Accounting
Current Occupation: Assistant County Manager for Genesee County
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
I relatively recently made a career change and left my position as Deputy County Treasurer to become Assistant County Manager. My new path is both exciting and challenging. I now respond to a wider array of issues from which I previously dealt the last fifteen years in the field of finance and accounting. It was quickly apparent that a higher education degree would assist in my development as an effective government administrator. After doing some research and speaking with colleagues it became clear that Brockport was the place for me to obtain a quality Masters in Public Administration degree.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
There are many things I have enjoyed so far with my SUNY Brockport education, but if I had to choose what I have enjoyed the most I would go with the small class sizes, the quality of my peers in the program and the enthusiasm of the professors. The intimate class sizes allow for really in depth discussions and more one on one attention from the professors. The quality of the students in the program provides for excellent real world experiences to be explored and discussed in the classroom. And the enthusiasm of the professors is infectious and a pleasure to be around.
What does your job entail?
I have to smile when thinking about how to answer this one. As the Genesee County Assistant County Manager I wear many different hats. First, I work closely with the County Manager so that I can step in and lead in his absence. The County Manager works directly for the County Legislature and is responsible for carrying out the policies it sets and is charged with the overall supervision and coordination of all County departments. Some of my specific responsibilities include serving as the County’s STOP-DWI Coordinator, ADA Coordinator, Fair Housing Officer, Corporate Compliance Officer and direct oversight of the Worker’s Compensation plan which includes the County, seventeen volunteer fire departments, thirteen towns, six villages, seven school districts, Genesee Community College and several other smaller organizations. I also play an active role in crafting the County’s approximately 150 million dollar budget.
What are your future goals?
My obvious short term goal is to complete my Master’s Degree from SUNY Brockport. My next goal is to be successfully appointed as the next County Manager for Genesee County, upon the future retirement of by boss, the current County Manager. I look forward to utilizing the skills I am obtaining from my time at SUNY Brockport to do all I can to make Genesee County a better place for people to work and raise their families.