GLENVILLE -- A nursing home administrator in Lake Placid has been named the new administrator of Schenectady County's Glendale Home in Glenville.
Marc J. Walker, 44, who lives in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs, was appointed by County Manager Kathleen Rooney and had the appointment ratified by the county Legislature on Tuesday. He will start Feb. 6.
The appointment was approved by a 12-2 margin, with Republican Brian McGarry voting against the appointment because Walker doesn't have experience running public nursing homes. Republican Minority Leader James Buhrmaster also voting against the appointment.
Walker has worked in nursing home administration for 17 years, for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is replacing Ed Marchi, who left the position in the fall after overseeing the transformation of the Glendale Home from a Depression-era, hospital-style home into a new facility with residential "neighborhoods." The new nursing home opened in 2014.
"It's a beautiful, gorgeous building, and there are opportunities to develop partnerships ... and we can look at ways to address the aging of the population in Schenectady County and surrounding counties," Walker told legislators before their vote.
He will earn $130,000 for the year.
Walker most recently has been administrator at the Eldwerwood at Uihlein, whee he oversaw that facility's transition from Adirondack Health of Saranac Lake to new owners, Elderwood/Post Acute Partners. He has also worked for long-term care facilities in Lake Katrine, Buffalo and Endicott.
The 200-bed Glendale Home is located on Hetcheltown Road in Glenville.
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