Seneca County Announces County Manager Succession Plan, Rowe to retire by year end; Kyle Lovell to be the next County Manager

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors has approved the appointment of Kyle Lovell as the next Seneca County Manager. Lovell will commence employment on June 28th as the Deputy County Manager for a period of 5-plus months, before ascending to the position of County Manager upon Mitch Rowe’s retirement. Lovell’s hiring represents the conclusion of a nationwide recruitment process that featured seventeen applicants.

“I am absolutely humbled, and extremely grateful to Chairman of the Board Mike Enslow and the entire Seneca County Board of Supervisors for their support and vote of confidence in bringing me on board. I look forward to embracing the challenges and diving into this incredible opportunity as the next County Manager in such a vibrant and historic community of fantastic municipalities. I want to thank Mitch Rowe for his many years of dedicated public service, and his leadership will leave an indelible mark on Seneca County for many years to come. I look forward to working with him in this transition. Finally, I would never have achieved any success if not for the continued support and relentless commitment of my wife Melissa. Her unwavering belief in me has driven me to pursue my lifelong dream of local government management,” stated Lovell.

An Onondaga County, NY native, Mr. Lovell is a recently retired Senior Operations Manager in the United States Air Force, where he aided in the standup of 10 different Fighter Wing’s F-35 flying operations across the globe by directing maintenance operations and personnel management. He is a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa as well as multiple overseas tours in support of the Global War on Terror campaign.

Mr. Lovell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, a Masters of Public Policy from Liberty University and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Conflict/Collaboration program at the Syracuse University Center for Negotiation and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

“I first want to recognize and thank Kyle for his service to our country. I believe that public service at the local level as a County Manager represents a natural transition for someone of his pedigree, work ethic and caliber. I also want to thank members of the search committee who assisted me and the Board in this process. Lastly, I want to express gratitude for Mitch Rowe, for his years of service to the County and for working with us on a defined, structured succession plan to ensure a smooth transition in this critically important position,“ stated Chairman Mike Enslow.