John Clarkson took office as Town Supervisor in January 2012, and was re-elected to a second and third 2-year term in 2013 and 2015. His election as supervisor followed service on town advisory groups for 4 years and a state government and advocacy career of more than 30 years. He served as Executive Director of the NYS Commission on Local Government Efficiency from 2007-2009, as Assistant State Comptroller for Local Government and in other capacities at the Office of the State Comptroller (1995-2006), and for many years at NYS Division of the Budget, as well as at the statewide School Boards Association and the Office of Real Property Taxes. Following retirement from state government in 2010, he served as Special Advisor for Government Efficiency at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. John came to Albany in 1978 for graduate school in Economics and Public Administration (M.P.A. 1981) and has lived in Bethlehem for 24 years with his wife, Connie, a teacher in Bethlehem Schools. Their two sons, Matthew and David, graduated from Bethlehem schools and have gone on to college.