Kathleen Jimino was the fourth of six children born to Sophia and John Madden. Raised on the east side of Troy, she currently lives in Lansingburgh with husband Vince. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Kathy was educated at Catholic Central High School, and Siena College, from where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Additionally, she received her Master’s degree in Social Policy from SUNY Empire State College.
After graduating from Siena, Kathy went to work for Rensselaer County in the information technology department where she held several positions prior to being named commissioner of that department.
Soon thereafter, she served as the City of Troy’s Budget Director and later City Manager. In acknowledgement of her service during her tenure, she was awarded the Frank C. Moore Award for her “…leadership and dedication in managing the City of Troy during a period of major fiscal crisis.”
Beginning in 1996 Kathy served as a Principal Analyst for the New York State Senate Finance Committee, and later was named Assistant Director of the Office of Budget Studies.
In 1997, she accepted an appointment and was subsequently elected to the Rensselaer County Legislature. She quickly made her mark in the Legislature, as she chaired the Aging Committee as well as a special committee that targeted the tobacco prevention funding in the County.
In 2001, Kathleen Jimino was appointed County Executive. Six months later the voters of Rensselaer County approved her appointment by electing her by the largest margin ever afforded any Rensselaer County Executive in history! Unopposed, Kathy was subsequently reelected in 2005 and 2009.
Her administration is known for its consistent drive to assure that County residents benefit from the streamlining of services while at the same time emphasizing that departments adhere to her strict budgetary standards, standards which have accounted for over 40.6 million in tax dollars saved by paring down departmental spending requests during her ten years as County Executive. Additionally, the County administration under her guidance is steadfastly dedicated to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Kathy is also noted for her aggressiveness in advocating new businesses in the County, and encouraging expansion for the ones who already call the County their home, being convinced that community-sensitive economic growth is the proper path for success.
Among other governmental and community responsibilities, Kathy currently serves as Co-Chair of the Center for Economic Growth’s Local Government Council and is on the board of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, as well as serving on the Community Advisory Board of the Sage Colleges Academy for Character Education.