County Treasurer DepartingFor Year’s Mission In Africa

Army Reserves Deploys Allen Ruffles

County Treasurer Departing

For Year’s Mission In Africa

County Treasurer Allen Ruffles and wife Amy were downtown this afternoon doing last-minute errands before he departs this evening for a year-long deployment in Africa. An E5 sergeant in the 403rd D Civil Affairs Company, Army Reserves, Syracuse, he will be based in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa.  He has received his first month-long assignment: on a four-man team training game wardens in Tanzania to help stem poaching on game reserves there. While Ruffles is away, his deputy, Andrew Crisman, will handle the office, although the treasurer is taking a fully loaded laptop with him.  That will allow him to communicate with Crisman, particularly during the development of next year’s county budget, a process that  begins this summer. An Edmeston native, Ruffles taught at Laurens Central, then spent several years in banking before his election to succeed Dan Crowell in November 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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