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Jean Chrisman assumes role as Ontario County Clerk ahead of schedule

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It’s official. After winning election in November, Jean Chrisman has started her tenure as Ontario County Clerk ahead of schedule.

Originally set to start on January 1, Chrisman’s early assumption of the role comes at the request of Governor Kathy Hochul, following the retirement of Acting County Clerk Pam Keefe.


Governor Hochul appointed Chrisman as Acting County Clerk for the remainder of December, with her official swearing-in scheduled for December 30, 2023. This will transition her to the official title of County Clerk starting January 1, 2024. The early start provides a seamless transition in the County Clerk’s office, ensuring continuity of service for the residents of Ontario County.

Chrisman, a Canandaigua resident, brings extensive local government experience to the role, having served the Town of Canandaigua for 26 years. Her previous positions include Clerk and Receiver of Taxes since 2013 and Zoning Officer. Chrisman expressed enthusiasm about her new role, stating her readiness to “hit the ground running” in serving the community. Her predecessor, Keefe, retires on December 8 after a 37-year career in the County Clerk’s office.