ALBANY — Laberge Group welcomes Kathleen A. Rooney to the firm in the capacity of Local Government Specialist within the Local Government Operations and Efficiency team. Rooney is an experienced municipal manager with more than 30 years of county management, policy development, budget, finance, and intermunicipal-cooperation experience.
As County Manager for the County of Schenectady, Rooney worked with the County Legislature to institute government efficiency initiatives credited with saving the County more than $40 million per year and managed the consolidation of four municipal emergency dispatch operations into the Schenectady County Unified Communications Center (UCC). Her government efficiency experience also includes contributing to the development of Schenectady County’s 2017 Countywide Shared Services Plan, which generated annual savings of $1.5 million per year, and contributing to the development of the 2015 NYS Local Government Efficiency Plan for the County, which delivered annual savings of $2 million. Rooney will leverage this hands-on experience and expertise not only to assist Laberge Group clients in identifying innovative opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation, increased efficiency, and improved service delivery, but also in managing the practical considerations required for the implementation of these initiatives.
Laberge Group’s Local Government Operations and Efficiency team has partnered with dozens of communities to develop innovative and effective solutions to streamline operations, increase efficiency, reduce duplicate layers of local government, and establish regional approaches to the provision of local government services (including shared equipment, staff, buildings, and service delivery). Our focus is on practical and implementable solutions that deliver both cost savings and effective service delivery to client communities, their residents and their businesses.