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William F.X. O’Neil Sworn in as 8th Dutchess County Executive

Published: 1/3/2023

Poughkeepsie … William F.X. O’Neil, who served as Deputy County Executive for the past 11 years, took the Oath of Office today to assume the office and duties of County Executive, the eighth County Executive in Dutchess County history.

Former County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro’s resignation was effective 11:59 a.m. today as Mr. Molinaro was sworn in as a Member of Congress in the House of Representatives, representing New York’s 19th District.  In accordance with the Dutchess County Charter, Mr. O’Neil took the Oath of Office at the County Office Building at noon today, and filed the corresponding paperwork, with Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall. Mr. O’Neil held a ceremonial swearing-in event this evening at Calvary Chapel of the Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, where Hon. James Brands administered the Oath of Office before nearly 200 assembled guests, including family, friends, elected officials and community leaders.

Mr. O’Neil will serve the remainder of the current term of County Executive, which ends on Dec. 31, 2023; a general election for his successor will be held on Nov. 7, 2023 for a new four-year term, which will begin on Jan. 1, 2024.

County Executive O’Neil said, “Over the past 11 years, this administration has undertaken and successfully seen to fruition myriad projects, programs and services which have enhanced Dutchess County residents’ lives, and I intend to continue and expand that legacy in the coming year. Our county is blessed to have such a talented government workforce and caring community stakeholders, and I look forward to continuing to foster collaborations between both that will benefit our friends and neighbors throughout Dutchess County.”

A Hyde Park native who graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, County Executive O’Neil served as Executive Director for the Children’s Services Council of Dutchess County, following many successful years as an executive in the Healthcare software industry. Since 2005, he has served in the County Executive Office: Former County Executive William R. Steinhaus appointed Mr. O’Neil as Assistant County Executive in 2005, and seven years later, former County Executive Molinaro appointed him as the County’s first Deputy County Executive following adoption of a local law which amended the County Charter to create the position.

As Deputy County Executive, Mr. O’Neil oversaw the operations and administration of Dutchess County Government’s administrative departments. He was part of numerous achievements made during the Steinhaus and Molinaro administrations, including, among others:

Stabilization and strengthening of county finances with tax relief for residents and businesses – nine consecutive budget levy cuts and eight straight tax rate cuts;

  • Conception, design and opening of the 24/7 Stabilization Center – the first of its kind in New York State;
  • Approval, design and construction of the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center, which will open in the second half of 2023;
  • Modernization and improvement of various County departments and facilities; and
  • Expansion and improvement of Dutchess County Parks System, including the most recent linear park project, the Northside Line rail trail in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie.

Among his priorities in the coming year, County Executive O’Neil will focus on the design of and funding for the Youth Opportunity Union, the countywide youth center to be built in the City of Poughkeepsie, as well as construction and opening of the County’s Emergency Housing Facility.

Before beginning public service, Mr. O’Neil was a senior executive in the healthcare software industry, in various positions of sales, marketing and management, including Senior Vice President of Sales for Baxter Healthcare, Chief Operating Officer for MPower and President of a FISERV subsidiary.

County Executive O’Neil received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah. He served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain, and currently resides in the Town of Poughkeepsie with his wife, Gail. 

Video of this event is available to view online.