Saratoga Springs Deputy Mayor Shauna A. Sutton, who is out of her job at the end of the year, has landed a new position as a deputy Saratoga County clerk.
Sutton, a well-connected city Republican who lost her bid for Saratoga Springs mayor to Democrat Joanne Yepsen in November, was named one of two deputy clerks Monday by County Clerk-elect Craig A. Hayner.
The other deputy will be Charles Foehser II, who is a current deputy clerk. The deputy clerks will earn $62,413 annually.
Hayner is a Republican and the party controls virtually all positions in county government.
The deputy mayor is the mayor’s full-time chief assistant. Sutton has held the position for Mayor Scott Johnson since 2008. Johnson did not seek re-election this year. Sutton won the Republican nomination to replace him, though she subsequently lost the election.
Hayner said politics wasn’t a factor in his decision to appoint Sutton.
“I interviewed several candidates,” he said Monday. “I was impressed with the knowledge and experience that Shauna has.”
Foehser, a records archivist, has been serving as deputy county clerk since February. He was briefly acting county clerk last winter, following the departure of former county clerk Kathy Marchione and her deputies, and prior to the governor’s appointment of Peter Martin as interim county clerk. Marchione was elected to a state Senate seat in November 2012.
Subsequently, Martin ran for and in November was elected as a county supervisor representing Saratoga Springs, while Hayner — a Halfmoon town councilman and small business owner — was elected county clerk with Republican, Conservative and Independence backing. Martin remains county clerk until the end of the year.
Hayner said his tentative plan is to place Sutton in charge of the clerk’s records office and Foehser in charge of the motor vehicles office. “But my plan is to cross-train them in both areas,” he said.
Sutton, as deputy mayor, worked with department heads, agencies, advisory boards and city staff negotiating budgets and coordinating services, Hayner said.
As deputy clerk and previously records management coordinator, Foehser has been directly involved with improving the information technology systems for public records related to real estate and motor vehicles, Hayner said. He has worked for the county since 2009.
“With the appointments of Shauna and Charles to help me lead the department, and the hardworking staff that has an outstanding reputation for service, we will be off to a great start,” Hayner said in a statement announcing the appointments.
Hayner will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Halfmoon Town Hall.
He said he is looking to increase the office’s public outreach, including the “Return the Favor” program to coordinate business discounts for military veterans.
The clerk’s office oversees and preserves public records and administers the state Department of Motor Vehicles within the county.