By KATE PIERCE
The vacant position of Albany city clerk was filled with the appointment of Gerald Campbell Jr. by the Common Council Monday evening.
Having served as the deputy clerk for the past two and a half years, Campbell’s transition was approved by the council with a unanimous vote.
“I think he is very personable and overall a good fit for the position,” said Councilman Judd Krasher, who represents the 11th ward. “He is always helpful and responsive.”
The new city clerk is taking over the role of Nala Woodard, who served as city clerk for about six years. Before Woodard left to take a position in the New York State court system about three months ago, he worked with Campbell to prepare him and make him aware of the demands and responsibilities of the position.
Campbell “supervises from the point of knowledge,” said Carolyn McLaughlin, president of the common council. Her experience working with Campbell as deputy city clerk is what prompted her to recommend him for the vacant position. She said that his professionalism is only going to support the esteem that the position held under Woodard.
The promotion of Campbell from deputy to city clerk illustrates the opportunity for upward mobility within the city along with the council’s commitment to promote from within, according to McLaughlin.
During the meeting at which Campbell’s appointment was approved, the councilman and representative for Ward 6, Richard Conti, commented on his promotion.
“I want to wish you the best of luck on behalf of the rest of the council,” said Conti.
Daniel Herring, the representative of Ward 13, said that the council didn’t have to conduct interviews with Campbell due to his previous work.
“Because we do know of his work, he’s a tested and proven product,” said Herring.
Campbell, a long-time resident of Albany, was formerly a school administrator at the Achievement Academy Charter School. After eight years working in education and the closing of the school, Campbell looked for a change of pace and applied for the position of deputy clerk.
“I wanted to find a different avenue to give back to the residents of Albany,” said Campbell. “Serving in this role is a great commitment to public service.”