Saratoga Springs

Deirdre O’Dwyer-Ladd named to Saratoga finance post

O'Dwyer-Ladd has worked in business, been a community volunteer
Deirdre O’Dwyer-Ladd, right, was named the city's deputy commissioner of finance, effective January 1.
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Deirdre O’Dwyer-Ladd, right, was named the city's deputy commissioner of finance, effective January 1.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Deirdre O’Dwyer-Ladd was named the city’s deputy commissioner of finance effective January 1, Saratoga Springs Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan announced.

O’Dwyer-Ladd has worked over the last 25 years in a variety of industries, including banking, corporate retail, academia, sales and advertising.  She has also assisted non-profit organizations with their strategic planning, marketing and mission alignment, Madigan said.

Since moving to Saratoga Springs with her husband, Michael, in 1998, O’Dwyer-Ladd has sat on numerous volunteer boards, city and school committees, and grassroots organizations, according to the city’s announcement. She is also the mother of three sons, Jack, Declan and Patrick.

O’Dwyer-Ladd is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with an MBA from the University of Colorado.

In 2007, she was recognized by then-mayor Valerie Keehn for her local leadership and fundraising initiatives. In 2011, she was elected to the Saratoga Democratic Committee and, in 2015, she was honored by the Prevention Council of Saratoga County for her years of dedicated service and commitment. 

“Positive economic development often stems from fiscally sound, strategic and collaborative community development,” said Madigan, who in November was elected to her fifth two-year term. “I am confident that Deirdre’s proven thought-leadership will be a true asset to our city and will help promote the Finance Department’s many transformational projects.”

Under the city’s form of government, part-time commissioners are elected to oversee specific aspects of city government while full-time deputies oversee many of the day-to-day operations. The finance department oversees the city’s finances, including development of the annual budgets.

Madigan said politics runs in O’Dwyer-Ladd’s family. Her grandfather was Paul O’Dwyer, a prominent New York City lawyer who served as City Council president, was the city’s representative to the United Nations, and ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 1968. Her great-uncle was William O’Dwyer, who served as New York City mayor from 1946 to 1950.

“Deputy O’Dwyer-Ladd will work hard for the City of Saratoga Springs and further propel its prosperous future,” Madigan said.

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