|Name||J. Christopher Callaghan|
Waterford, New York , United States
Jul 13, 2015 01:37am
|Info||A graduate of the State University at Albany, Chris Callaghan has been engaged in the business of government finances since 1971, when he served as an accountant for the Facilities Development Corporation. Callaghan has also been active in Republican politics since 1969, when he served as president of the Waterford Young Republicans. Long active in grass-roots Republican politics since then, he was the Republican town chairman for nearly 20 years and now serves as the committee's vice chairman. |
Callaghan served as Budget Officer for the Town of Waterford from 1980 to 1986, and as a management analyst in the Saratoga County Administrator's Office from 1983 to 1997. In 1997, Governor George E. Pataki appointed Callaghan to be Saratoga County Treasurer, succeeding George Gasser, who had resigned to become New York State Treasurer. Callaghan was elected to the position later that year and reelected in 1998 and 2002. He has been unopposed in all three elections. Callaghan resigned as Saratoga County Treasurer in July, 2006 to pursue the New York State Comptroller's office.
Callaghan is President of the New York State Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers, and a member of the National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers. He serves as Treasurer of the Waterford Industrial Development Agency, and a member and past Chairman of the Waterford Planning Board. Callaghan is also a Commissioner of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, which he has chaired in the past.
Callaghan is also co-Chairman of the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission, where he has served as treasurer in the past, and represents Waterford on the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of both the Waterford Maritime Historical Society and the Hudson Mohawk Heritage Area. Callaghan is President of the Wesley-Evergreen Adult Daycare and a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church Choir, Waterford.
Callaghan lives in Waterford with his wife, Liz, deputy supervisor for the Town of Waterford. An active volunteer at the Waterford Canal Harbor, Callaghan has helped organize and run both the Waterford Tugboat Roundup and the Waterford Steamboat Meet. He has three grown children, all of whom reside in Waterford, and six grandchildren.