Chamberlain leaving city hall after more than decade of service

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Mayor Rob Rolison announced that City Chamberlain Deanne Flynn will be leaving city government to pursue other opportunities at the end of the month. Ms. Flynn, a long-time city resident, has held the position for more than 12 years, having first been appointed in 2008 by then-Mayor John Tkazyik.

During her tenure with the city, she has interacted personally with thousands of current and former city residents and has come to know many in the community personally.

Mayor Rob Rolison, who reappointed Ms. Flynn to the position in 2016 and again in 2020, said “Deanne has served our city with the type of enthusiasm that has made it easy for our community to conduct their important business with the Chamberlain’s office in a timely and professional manner. On behalf of a grateful community, I wish her every success.”

Flynn is leaving to take the position of Secretary to the County Clerk with Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall. According to Kendall, “The position of Secretary to the County Clerk is responsible for the administrative operations of the County Clerk’s Office and the Department of History. Significantly, the position also oversees the Records Management Division of the County, a task that Deanne is very familiar with as City Chamberlain.” Flynn will assume her new role on February 1, 2021.

City Councilman Chris Petsas was saddened to learn of Flynn’s resignation on Wednesday. “I am very sorry to hear of her resignation. I’ve had the pleasure to work with her over the last eight years in my capacity as a councilman. She was always very helpful, professional, and respectful. This is definitely a loss to our city but I wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Flynn’s education and experience made her an ideal candidate for the county position.  “In addition to her noteworthy and relevant experience in the public sector, she holds Master Degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from Marist College where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree. Prior to her public employment, Deanne worked for North River Abstract,” noted Kendall.

In tendering her resignation, Chamberlain Flynn said “After over twelve years of service to the city, it is time for me to explore other options. The decision to pursue another opportunity was not an easy one; however, it seems to be the right one for me at this time. I want to express my deepest gratitude to both you and the entire administration for allowing me to serve in this capacity. ”