About the Executive

With a Charter form of government in Ulster County, the executive authority is vested in an independently elected County Executive who is responsible for the proper administration of all County affairs. The County Executive is elected to a 4-year term. As the chief executive, some of the County Executive’s authorities include:

  • Serving as the chief budgetary officer of the County, and as such, preparing and submitting the annual budget, capital program, and accompanying message;
  • Appointing all department heads and other officers and employees;
  • Supervising and directing every executive department of County government;
  • Conducting collective bargaining negotiations with the legally designated bargaining agents of the county employees;
  • Approving or vetoing in writing every proposed local law, and the appropriate resolutions.

Meet County Executive Patrick K. Ryan

Ulster County Executive, Patrick K. Ryan

Pat Ryan is a fifth-generation Ulster County resident. After graduating from Kingston High School, Pat attended West Point and served two combat tours in Iraq as an Army intelligence officer. After leaving the military, he founded a small technology company, which he grew to over 150 employees.  

Pat lives in Gardiner with his wife, Rebecca, his son, Theo, and their two rescue cats.