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McPhillips to be named county finance commissioner

McPhillips to be named county finance commissioner

Comes from state child support agency
McPhillips to be named county finance commissioner
The Schenectady County Office Building
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY COUNTY -- A state budgeting official will be appointed Schenectady County's new commissioner of finance Tuesday night.

The County Legislature is set to ratify the appointment of John P. McPhillips Jr., of Delmar, to the post. The finance commissioner oversees the revenue and spending of a county with a $320 million budget. McPhillips will start on Sept. 24, just about the time the draft 2019 county budget is due for release.

The appointment was made last week by County Manager Kathleen Rooney but requires ratification by the Legislature. Under the county charter, McPhillips will be appointed to a five-year term in the post.

He replaces Deborah Mancini, who retired earlier this year and has since died. Terry Mariano is the acting county finance commissioner.

McPhillips has more than 17 years of government budgeting experience. He spent 11 years with the Albany County Office of Management and Budget, rising from senior budget analyst to commissioner of budget and management.

"In these capacities, Mr. McPhillips developed a key understanding and mastery of county government fiscal and budget procedure," Rooney said in a memo to the Legislature.

For the past six years, he has worked as a budget official for the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, most recently as assistant director of systems and fiscal operations with the Division of Child Support Services. His duties included managing systems, contract management, support distribution and data management and analysis.

The Schenectady County position involved preparing annual budgets and five-year capital plans, investment of public funds, managing the county's cash flow and working on tax enforcement and other finance issues.

McPhillips has an undergraduate degree from Siena College and a master's degree in political science from American University.

The position's salary is $135,000.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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