Callery to be new FCBOS chairman

JOHNSTOWN — Local real estate agent Jack Callery of Johnstown is due to be appointed the new chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for 2021 at the board’s annual organizational meeting Jan. 4.

Callery, who currently serves as board vice chairman, would replace current Chairman Warren Greene of Gloversville, who has served during 2020.

The current Republican Johnstown Third Ward supervisor will be taking over during the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and all its impact on the health of local Fulton County residents and on the economy.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Callery said Monday. “We don’t now what’s going to happen. The state is in trouble.”

Callery, who turns 72 on Dec. 10, has served as a member of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for about 23 years. He would be serving his second, one-year term as board chairman.

He served this year as chairman of the board’s Personnel Committee, and also is a longtime member of the board’s Finance Committee.

Usually, the board’s largely Republican contingent meets privately for a Christmas gathering this time of the year to celebrate and basically nominate the next chairperson. That person is usually appointed at the board’s organizational meeting in January. The board is not having such gatherings this year due to COVID.

But county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Monday that the usual process is to elevate the board’s vice chairman to chairman.

Asked about Callery’s pending appointment for 2021, Stead responded: “I’m not aware of anything that would change that.”

There is a geographic succession to naming the county chairman. After Callery serves, two town supervisors will serve consecutive years, followed by a city of Gloversville supervisor, and then back to a city of Johnstown supervisor.

The Board of Supervisors is due to appoint Callery chairman at its annual organizational meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at the County Office Building.

Callery is the owner of Jack Callery Real Estate Corp., which operates out of his 23 Cady St. home.

He worked 37 years at the former Baronet Litho Co. in Johnstown, where he eventually got into union and management positions.

He and his brother, Jim, also a former board chairman, served the county and their father was the chairman of the board in the early 1960s.

Jack Callery has always been involved in the county budget, often times asking questions during the budget process. He said he is “passionate” about fiscal issues.

“The taxes are too high for everybody,” the supervisor says.

He is a Johnstown native, having graduated in 1967 from Johnstown High School. He also attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Callery and his wife, Deb, have two children.

By Patricia Older