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The Buildings and Grounds Department is responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of county facilities and grounds to maintain a safe environment for employees as well as the public we serve. The facilities under our care include the main county office building, county courthouse, Department of Social Services, Public Safety Building, Office for the Aging, Board of Elections, and Department of Motor Vehicles.
Cooperative Extension of Lewis County provide useful, research-based information to local residents. We offer free or low-cost workshops on many topics that may be useful to you and your family. Our staff works with local residents to identify community issues and needs and to create appropriate strategies and programs to address those needs.
The County Attorney provides full time counsel and is the sole legal advisor to the County Board of Legislators, the County Manager, and the various departments, boards and commissions of County government on all civil matters. The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of Legislators and serves at their pleasure. The County Attorney serves as the Freedom on Information Officer as well as the Chair of the County’s Corporate Compliance Committee. The Lewis County Attorney employs an Assistant County Attorney (ACA) who provides legal representation for the Department of Social Services in Family Court matters of child support, neglect and abuse, adoption, and custody. In addition, the ACA represents the Probation Department in the prosecution of Juvenile Delinquents (JDs) and Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS), and provides other legal services as directed by the County Attorney.
Appointed by the County Board of Legislators, the County Manager oversees the daily operations of Lewis County government. The County Manager coordinates interdepartmental activities and projects, and represents the County in various community endeavors. Specific responsibilities include development and implementation of county policies, negotiation of union contracts and labor issues, recruitment, supervision and evaluation of department heads, and general administration of County projects. The County Manager also serves as County Budget Officer, and manages the County’s $50M annual budget.
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Our mission is to focus on the well being and safety of children, adults & families through a variety of economic supports and services.
The District Attorney is a county-wide elected official serving a four year term whose duties are to prosecute all felonies, misdemeanors and violations perpetrated against the citizens of Lewis County. Additionally, the District Attorney handles all criminal appeals at all levels of appeals, including County Court, the Appellate Division 4 th Department and the Court of Appeals. Further responsibilities include being the legal advisor to the Grand Jury, handling extradition of criminals from outside the state, prosecuting violations of sentencing provisions and supporting victims of crime. Every effort is made to seek the view and input of victims of crimes. To offer their view regarding a proposed disposition, victims should contact the office at the above contact information. The District Attorney is also called upon to advise law enforcement agencies throughout the county.
Lewis County Economic Development and the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency partner to assist existing businesses and generate new business growth. We offer guidance and direction and also provide New York State authorized tax incentives, small business loan financing, training opportunities and other assistance as needed. Our Lewis County Economic Development brand is known as Naturally Lewis and more information can be found at this web site. (www.naturallylewis.com)
The mission of the Lewis County Department of Information Technology is to deliver secure, innovative, reliable technology services and solutions, and provide guidance and oversight that lead to sound decisions for Lewis County Government while continually seeking knowledge and improvement.
The mission of the Lewis County Jail is to ensure the safety of our citizens, correctional staff and inmates of Lewis County. Operated by a highly qualified and dedicated staff, the Lewis County jail is able to provide a safe, secure and human centralized location for screening and classification for all inmates. Life in a correctional facility, like anywhere else, is governed by rules and regulations. This Facility does not discriminate against anyone, with regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, prior arrest, or conviction record.
It is the mission of Lewis County Office for the Aging and NY Connects: Your Link to Long Term Services and Supports to provide services to all Lewis County older adults in need. This will be accomplished through advocacy and the development of a service delivery system at the local level. The Office for the Aging works with federal, state, local officials; older constituents; service providers; and the private/volunteer sector to coordinate existing services and stimulate new ones. The Office for the Aging prepares a multi-year plan with annual updates to identify the needs and services; and set objectives and priorities which will accommodate the needs of our older adults.
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The mission of the Lewis County Department of Planning, at the direction of the Lewis County Board of Legislators, is to provide services to our municipalities, organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure that carefully planned and successful development occurs within the County in accord with the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan. In support of this mission, the Department will provide assistance and resources to Lewis County municipalities and organizations for community development, project planning, zoning, and grant writing and administration. We will work with businesses to provide information and guidance to meet their business development needs and to create growth in our County. The Department will also provide general information and resources to citizens for various planning, zoning and economic development issues.
The mission of the Lewis County Probation Department is to provide community protection and public safety, in conjunction with the delivery of rehabilitative services to our clients. We believe these offenders should be held accountable to their vicitms, to the community and at the same time develop skills to become responsible, law abiding members of society. Our Probation Officers strive to achieve this balance of offender rehabilitation and public safety by applying the best practices used in the field of probation. These best practices include the following: providing supervision of individuals sentenced to probation, providing pre-sentence and pre-dispositional investigations to various Courts to aid in sentencing, as well as providing efficient, cost effective alternatives to incarceration.
The mission of Lewis County Public Health is to promote and protect the health of our community. We work every day to prevent disease, promote wellness, and protect the health of the people in Lewis County.
Lewis County Public Transportation has made traveling throughout the County easy, inexpensive and convenient with the combination of fixed county routes and several enhanced connector routes!
Our mission is to fulfill the requirements of New York State Laws and Regulations and to provide services for assessors and local government officials to achieve and maintain equitable assessments throughout Lewis County. Our Agency is here to serve you, ready to answer your questions, and address your concerns. Technical and professional assistance is available to county departments, local governments, school districts, taxpayers, and the public for all aspects of real property assessment and taxation.
Lewis County Employment & Training is here to assist you in your job search; whether you are unemployed, under-employed or just looking to enter a new career field. As the lead agency for workforce development in the area, we offer a wide range of free services for job seekers and businesses alike.
The Lewis County Treasurer’s Office collects delinquent property taxes, oversees the auctioning of foreclosed upon properties, collects sales tax due for hotel occupancy, processes payroll for County employees, and provides other services as needed.
The mission of the Lewis County Veterans Service Agency (LCVSA) is to provide entitlement information and advocacy assistance to military personnel, military Veterans and their dependents in matters relating to Veterans' law.
The Lewis County Weights and Measures Department promotes uniformity in U.S. weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace. Lewis County has successfully partnered with Jefferson County in a shared services agreement to perform these duties within the County.
The board makes recommendations regarding the provision of services to youth in Lewis County. The membership reflects a balance between government and non-government representatives who are directly concerned with the well-being of youth. Representation on the board also consists of up to a maximum of 2 student representatives from each, public school district in the county. Presently the board has 18 voting members and 4 Ex-Officio members.