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Ontario County Clerk-Elect Takes Over One Month Early


One month before she was elected to officially take over, Jean Chrisman is now working as the Ontario County Clerk. Chrisman started last Friday after being appointed as Acting County Clerk for this month by Governor Kathy Hochul.  Current Clerk Pam Keefe, who has 37 years in the Clerk’s Office, officially retires on Friday.

Due to the unusual circumstances, Governor Hochul appointed Chrisman as Acting County Clerk for a term to expire on December 31, 2023. Chrisman will be sworn into office on December 30, 2023, and will continue in the role under the official title of County Clerk beginning January 1, 2024.

A resident of Canandaigua, Chrisman has served the Town of Canandaigua for the past 26 years, serving as Clerk and Receiver of Taxes since 2013 and, before that, as Zoning Officer.

“I am looking forward to this new opportunity to serve the residents of Ontario County and my fellow elected officials,” Chrisman said on Friday. “I am ready to hit the ground running today.”

Keefe, who has served in the County Clerk’s office for 37 years, retires December 8.

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