William Carlin Honored by State Association as Finance Officer of the Year

Carlin Honored by State Association as Man of the Year

Putnam County Finance Commissioner William J. “Bill” Carlin, Jr. was honored by being chosen as the Finance Officer of the Year 2014 at the 48th Annual County Finance School Awards Luncheon held at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. The May 15 luncheon was part of the three-day educational conference held each year and sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), the Office of the State Comptroller and the New York State County Treasurers’ and Finance Officers Association. The award recognizes Carlin’s “leadership and service to the Association.”

Carlin, who is a past president of the NYS County Treasurers’and Finance Officers’ Association but currently holds no office within the organization, had no idea he was being honored. He attends the continuing education courses on an annual basis. 

“I have always believed that continuing education and training are vital to understanding and implementing increasingly complex Government Finance laws, rules and regulations,” he said. “To be recognized by my colleagues throughout New York State for working toward this goal is an honor that I gratefully accept and truly appreciate.”

Carlin was appointed as County Auditor in January of 1990. The following January he was appointed as the county’s commissioner of finance.

Before she even became County Executive, MaryEllen Odell was familiar with the enormous amount of work that Carlin and his staff do for the county. That he was recognized by his colleagues throughout the state seemed only fitting.

“Well, this state association has recognized what we here in Putnam County have known for a very long time – Bill Carlin is a gem,” said Odell. “As our commissioner of finance, Bill always has the county’s back. I have come to depend on his advice and expertise and never once have I been disappointed. Bill is a hard-working professional and a gentleman through and through. He obviously has worked equally hard for the NYS County Treasurers’ and Finance officers Association and I couldn’t be happier for or more proud of Bill.”