SCHENECTADY — City Clerk Chuck Thorne has announced he will retire effective June 14.
The City Council’s Administrative Efficiency Committee voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Deputy City Clerk Samanta Mykoo to fill the remaining six months of Thorne's unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31.
The position is a two-year appointment by City Council. Lawmakers have the ability to re-appoint Mykoo to a full two-year term at the end of the year should they elect to do so.
Thorne said Mykoo “absolutely” has his support, citing her temporary leadership of the department when he was on medical leave.
“She did an outstanding job filling in when I was not here,” Thorne said.
Mykoo’s appointment now heads before the full City Council.
Thorne has served in the position since June 2012.
He counted furthering digital initiatives and introducing an online database to replace the city's reliance on paper logs as a chief accomplishment during his tenure.
Over time, the database came to include City Council agendas, minutes and reports from department heads, he said.
“That was a lot of fun developing that,” Thorne said.
Thorne also cited efforts to enforce the city’s dog licensing program through the implementation of targeted campaigns to city residents.
Despite registration being mandatory, fewer than 10 percent of pet-owners had registered their animals.
Compliance is now between 15 and 20 percent.
The numbers may seem anemic, but licensing provides the sole revenue stream for the city’s animal control efforts, Thorne said. The annual revenue stream is now currently about $35,000 compared to between $15,000 and $16,000 prior to the campaign.
Thorne took office as deputy clerk in 2009 following the retirement of City Clerk Carolyn Friello.
Prior to his government service, Thorne worked in the private sector as a printer, publishing a small monthly newsletter geared toward Baby Boomers, titled “Boom.”
He also served as a committeeman with the city Democratic Committee.
Thorne likened his gradual transition from printer to publisher to government worker to Benjamin Franklin.
“Public service was something new certainly for me,” Thorne said.
The outgoing clerk said he looks forward to spending more time volunteering during his retirement.