As the mayor of the city of Gloversville, I am very pleased to say we have completed the appointments of the right people to the right roles within the city government, a deliberate and strategic plan I implemented when I became mayor.
When I was sworn in on Jan. 1, 2010, the city's Finance Commissioner Bruce VanGenderen and Assessor Joni Dennie were already here and have continued to do a terrific job. Since then, the Common Council appointed our clerk, Susan Semione and deputy clerk, Cindy Ostrander, who are both doing a great job. I have had the opportunity to appoint our Deputy Finance Commissioner Theresa Butkevitch, Mobility Manager Bill Walrath, Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones, Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam, Police Chief Don VanDeusen and city Attorney Tony Casale.
I also had the opportunity to promote two captains in the Police Department, including John Sira, who I refer to as our deputy chief, and Tony Clay, who is the Captain of Detectives. I also have promoted two Battalion Chiefs in our Fire Department, James Anderson and David Rackmyre and two captains in the Fire Department, Robert King and Jason Sweet.
The leaders in each department of our city understand what needs to be done here and how to handle it. We are making headway in rebuilding a community where people are proud to live, work and play. The Common Council members have an understanding of what their constituents' needs are, and we are working on meeting those.
Councilman-at-Large James Robinson, 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth, 2nd Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds, 3rd Ward Councilman Stephen Mahoney, 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio, 5th Ward Councilman Jay Zarelli, and 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski all have their own unique skill sets and strengths that, when working together, work to make this city great. I have grown a great respect for each of them as we work together more.
On Jan. 1 of this year, I appointed John Clo to fill the vacancy created by retired City Court Judge Vincent DeSantis. For the past several months, Judge Clo has been working diligently to make sure justice is served in our court.
I am asking the Republicans and Conservatives in Gloversville to get out and vote on Sept. 13 to keep Judge Clo in office as a large part of the leadership team that is bringing pride back in our city.
City of Gloversville