Born in Central New York, Carolee A Conklin lived and worked in the Northwest quadrant of Rochester for more than forty years, before moving downtown. Her four adult children attended City schools and all currently live in our community.
A single mother, Councilmember Conklin went to work for a private accounting firm, and then began her career in local government, originally working for the C.E.T.A. Program as the Senior Financial Officer. During the next two decades, she served as the City's Deputy Treasurer, the Monroe County Deputy County Clerk, and the City Clerk of Rochester.
In each increasingly responsible position, Councilmember Conklin successfully found ways to offer better service to taxpayers with increased savings. As City Clerk, she found new sources of revenues and reached greater levels of service. She achieved a better than 95% customer approval rating among the holders of the 25,000 licenses that the City Clerk's office issues each year.
Her extensive volunteer service has allowed Councilmember Conklin to give something back to Rochester, while helping to better understand the people who live here. She has served as an active volunteer and board member of Action for a Better Community (ABC), Alternatives for Battered Women (where she served as treasurer for five years), Women Helping Girls, and the American Association of University Women (serving ten years as treasurer). Councilmember Conklin currently serves on the boards of the Corn Hill Navigation and the International Sister Cities of Rochester (ISCOR) where she is President.
Councilmember Conklin was first elected to the City Council as an At-Large member representing the entire city in November 2005, and then was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Councilmember Conklin chairs the Finance Committee and is committed to maintaining quality City services at a good value for residents and business owners. She is also a member of the Neighborhood & Business Development Committee and the Employment and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee.