Biography of John Woodward

Schenectady County Clerk John J. Woodward has been serving our community for most of his adult life. 

Woodward was first elected to public office in 1975 winning a seat on the Mohonasen School Board. He was 18 years old at the time–making him one of the youngest school board members ever elected in New York State. He served three terms in office; worked from1979-1985 on the legislative staff of the New York State Assembly; and held the elected post of Rotterdam Receiver of Taxes from 1985-1994. 

On May 10th, 1994, Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed Woodward Schenectady County Clerk. He has been repeatedly returned to office by the voters and is currently serving his sixth term.

As County Clerk, John has worked to modernize and computerize the clerk's office; improve the operation of the Schenectady DMV and expand programs to better serve the 155,000 people of Schenectady County.

Following Carroll “Pink” Gardner and Merritt C. Willey, John J. Woodward is only the third Clerk to serve since 1936.

Woodward is a former President of the New York State Association of County Clerks and was named NYS "Clerk of the Year” by his peers.

Woodward has received professional certification as a CMC from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.



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620 State Street 3rd Floor
Schenectady, NY 12305
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