WATERTOWN — Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. has been named the new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for New York, succeeding F. Anthony Keating, who has held the position for over 20 years.
Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes announced the appointment on Tuesday after receiving notification from the office of the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army Office of the Administrative Assistant.
“He was selected from a slate of very talented, selfless servants who all commit countless hours to the Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division community,” Maj. Gen. Mennes said.
As the civilian aide, Mayor Butler will serve in the volunteer position as a special government employee and will not be paid. He applied for the position.
In his four years as mayor, he’s worked hard to forge connections and relationships at Fort Drum with the city.
“I threw my hat in the ring and thought I was a long shot,” the mayor said. “And I’m honored to receive the appointment.”
Mr. Keating, after more than two decades of steadfast support, will continue to serve the community as CASA Emeritus for New York in the northern region, Gen. Mennes said.
The general thanked Mr. Keating for the “incredible service” that he gave to Fort Drum soldiers, their families and to the community.
“He is an inspiration to us all,” Gen. Mennes said. “We are indeed fortunate to have the north country’s finest serving our team.”
He also is pleased that Mayor Butler is joining the team as the new Civilian Aide, a position that advises and supports the Army secretary.
“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Keating,” the mayor said.
Mayor Butler, a lifelong resident of Watertown, previously served on City Council for eight years before being elected as mayor four years ago. He decided not to seek a second term and will leave office Dec. 31, replaced by Jeffrey Smith.
Mayor Butler, who’s been active in the community while serving with several local organizations, has a 22-year career as a financial consultant at Community Investment Services.
He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from St. Lawrence University and a master’s in business degree from LeMoyne College.
He joins other civilian aides, Steve Castleton and Dr. Pamela Newman, both of the southern region.