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Son of successful publisher, former county clerk makes transition into private sector as second in command at Oswego Health By Lou Sorendo At 29, Michael C. Backus was elected to the post of Oswego County clerk in 2012, the youngest to ever hold that position in New York state. Now at the age of 36, he was recently named executive vice president and chief operations officer at Oswego Health. The Mexico resident has hit the high note at a relatively young age and the future looks promising for a man whose roots are firmly entrenched in the community. He is ready to parlay his family background in community journalism as well as his experience in government administration and healthcare into a positive career as a respected leader. He recently resigned as clerk, leaving the post to take over as Oswego Health’s second in command. The health system is the third largest private employer in Oswego County with more than 1,000 employees, according to the 2020 Business Guide. Backus has the challenging role of stepping into a high-level leadership spot in the midst of a global pandemic. “When I first started discussing this opportunity with my family, the pandemic was certainly