Hanlon transitions to county clerk after this week

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 December 2020 at 11:30 am

Tearful good-byes after 15 years as clerk of the Legislature

Nadine Hanlon

ALBION – Nadine Hanlon next week will start her new job as the Orleans County clerk. She has been the clerk to the County Legislature the past 15 years.

It was a tearful goodbye on Dec. 16 during her last monthly meeting as the Legislature clerk. Lynne Johnson, the Legislature chairwoman, and Hanlon both had to fight back tears during the meeting.

“I’m speaking on behalf of all the legislators when I say It was truly our honor and you will be missed,” Johnson said at the meeting.

Hanlon was elected county clerk in November. She will move back to the County Clerks’ Building at the Courthouse Square. She worked in the top floor with the Legislature before the group shifted to the new addition last year at the County Administration Building on Route 31.

The county clerk’s office is on the second floor of the historic building at the Courthouse Square. Hanlon will be over in the County Administration Building frequently because the county clerk oversees the Department of Motor Vehicles in the CAB.

“The legislators have treated me very well in my tenure here,” Hanlon said. “Thank you for everything you have taught me along the way.”

Hanlon’s father, the late Michael Paduchak, has his portrait on the wall in the Legislature chambers. Before there was a County Legislature 40 years ago, there was the Board of Supervisors, made up of the 10 town supervisors. Paduchak was the Kendall town supervisor and served on the Board of Supervisors.

Before joining the county, Hanlon was the Kendall town clerk. She also served 10 years on the Kendall Board of Education, including several years as president.

In 2013, she was chosen as the county employee of the year.

“I’m not leaving my work family, I’m just moving to different county office,” Hanlon said. “I get to continue to work with you and that is awesome.”

The Legislature appointed Lisa Stenshorn of Kendall to take over as clerk of the Legislature on Jan. 1. She has been the deputy clerk of the Legislature under Hanlon.