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Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Deputy County Executive Jim Morgo resigns

Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PM

Suffolk County Chief Deputy Executive Jim Morgo tendered his resignation last week and will step down from the second highest position in county government effective April 1.

Mr. Morgo announced that he will be leaving his job via a memo he circulated last week. He has been the deputy executive since the fall of 2007.

Though Mr. Morgo did not disclose his reasons for resigning, he said that he is leaving on amiable terms. “I just want to decompress a little bit and decide my future plans,” he said. “I really don’t know what I am going to do next.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has not yet named a replacement, but said Mr. Morgo’s presence will be missed in the Suffolk County Executive’s office.

“Jim is an absolute delight. He combines keen intelligence with a tremendous work ethic and an uncanny ability to get things done,” Mr. Levy said in a prepared statement. “When Jim walks into a room, you know something good is going to be accomplished.”

In 2005 Mr. Levy appointed Mr. Morgo as the chairman of the Gabreski Airport Community Advisory Board, a committee that was formed to oversee the future development of the county-owned airport in Westhampton. Mr. Morgo said he enjoyed working with Westhampton area residents and the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing to help ensure that Gabreski Airport was a good neighbor.

“It was really a pleasure working in Westhampton,” he said.

Mr. Morgo served in that position until stepping down shortly after being named deputy county executive because of the demands of the new position.

Mr. Morgo, who lives in Bayport, previously served as the commissioner of economic development and workforce housing for Suffolk County, a title now held by former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney. Mr. Morgo was named deputy executive after Kevin Law stepped down to become chairman of Long Island Power Authority.

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Jim Morgo is a great guy - bright, honorable, decent, true and respected. His departure will create a huge void in Hauppauge and will be felt by all of Suffolk County.

Jim was a legislature way back and has served in many roles since.

Best of Luck to Jim - I'm sure his brilliance will turn up for other great things in the future!
By gordie howe (55), hockeytown usa on Feb 17, 09 10:06 PM
I wonder if Mr. Heaney drove Mr. Morgo to leave?
By rabbit (65), watermill on Feb 19, 09 10:43 AM
Dear Rabbit -- why would you think that "former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney" would have anything to do with Mr. Morgo's leaving?

Or are you speculating that Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is now going to move Mr. Heaney into the Chief Deputy Executive's position, and put another hack into the Commissioner of Economic Development slot now held by Heaney?

Or do you just have special insights about what it's like to work with Mr. Heaney?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 19, 09 12:22 PM
Jim Morgo is a man of great personal integrity and character. His decision to leave county service is not surprising since he is totally dedicated to his work and the demands of his position. It appears that time demands pushed him to the limit and he is at a point in his life where his long-term accomplishments are bearing real fruit. Because of his inherent good nature I don't believe for a moment that he will forever leave public service. I see him in the future as either an elected official ...more
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Feb 19, 09 5:22 PM
Jim Morgo is a real gem and Suffolk County was lucky to have had him. He is honest and a straight shooter. I was fortunate to have witnessed his leadership abilities both through the Gabreski Airport Advisory Board's involvement in the groundwork laid for the Hamptons Technology Park as well as his role as Commissioner of Economic Development for Suffolk County. His promotion to the position as Deputy to the County Executive was well deserved and an excellent choice by the county. As Mr. Levy stated, ...more
By daddrums (6), Westhampton on Feb 21, 09 11:47 AM
Oops, that last line obviously should say "his hat".
Mike L.
By daddrums (6), Westhampton on Feb 21, 09 11:50 AM