Ulster County Executive Creates New Innovation Team to Make County Government More Responsive and Responsible

Posted July 2, 2019

Assistant County Executive Tim Weidemann Appointed to Lead Unit as Director of Innovation

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announces the creation of a new Innovation Team, and appoints Tim Weidemann to head-up the group as the County’s first Director of Innovation. The new team will focus on strengthening the culture of accessibility, responsiveness, and accountability within County government and on developing new partnerships to help ensure that the County’s 180,000 residents receive the best possible services at the greatest value.

The move establishes a team to focus on using data, research and best practices to help drive improved outcomes related to County services, and it serves as a key component of County Executive Ryan’s effort to make County government more responsive and responsible, one of Ryan’s “big five” priorities for his first term in office.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

“We have a responsibility to deliver the absolute best services to all of our residents, and ensure that we are responsive to their needs. I am excited to stand up this team, which will allow us to implement new innovative approaches and bring best practices from across the country to better serve our residents. Tim Weidermann is the perfect fit to lead this team. His proven record of service to Ulster County combined with his extensive experience driving change with other municipalities will help take Ulster County Government to the next level.” 

Tim Weidemann, Ulster County Director of Innovation

“It is an incredible privilege to be asked to step into this new and exciting role,” said Tim Weidemann. “I’ve spent my entire career helping mission-driven organizations to be as effective as possible, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to apply that experience and passion to enhance our County operations and build on the partnerships that are so essential to our success. I’m grateful to County Executive Ryan for his confidence in me and for continuing to push Ulster County forward as a leading example of how local government can impact people’s lives for the better.”

Tim – who joined Ulster County government in 2016 as a Senior Economic Developer and was promoted in 2018 to the position of Assistant Deputy County Executive – has a broad background in public policy and administration, with experience both inside County government and as a consultant to local and state governments throughout the Northeast. He holds a Master’s degree of Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz. 

In his new position as Director of Innovation, Tim will focus on working with County Department heads, local government leaders, nonprofit executives and businesses to re-evaluate the best ways to deliver public goods and services to the residents of Ulster County.  He will oversee the new Innovation Team that will work with the County’s Executive Departments to evaluate performance, streamline operations and deliver improved outcomes for County residents. In addition, the Unit will take on special projects across County government and involving key partners, such as Ulster County’s towns and villages, to promote shared services and increase the impact of local government programs and services.