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Canandaigua prepares to transition with outgoing town manager and clerk

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Canandaigua Town Supervisor Jared Simpson recently addressed the departure of Town Manager Doug Finch and Town Clerk Jean Chrisman, outlining the transition process for their replacements.


The Canandaigua Town Board expressed its gratitude to Finch for his years of service, first as Director of Development and then as Town Manager. Finch’s tenure was marked by significant contributions to the town’s financial stability and growth, attracting businesses and residents to Canandaigua.

He will be moving on to become the City Manager of Duncanville, Texas.

The town is also preparing for the departure of Clerk Jean Chrisman, who has been elected as Ontario County Clerk. The Board acknowledged Chrisman’s contributions and expressed confidence in her future success.


In response to these changes, the Town Board, along with town staff, the town attorney, and elected officials, are developing a transition plan.

This plan will include the appointment of an interim Town Clerk and the hiring of a new Town Manager.

The Town Supervisor and the current Town Manager are committed to ensuring a smooth transition, with regular meetings planned to manage the process effectively.

Despite the challenge of replacing two key municipal figures, the Town Board says residents and businesses can expect all town departments to continue operating normally without interruption in services.

The community is thanked for its patience and support during this period of adjustment.