Meet Jim Coughlan


Get to know your Dutchess County Comptroller!

Jim is a multi-lingual attorney with almost 25 years leadership and management experience in the private and public sector. As Comptroller, he is currently responsible for managing a $425 Million annual budget; interacts daily with government agencies and promotes best business practices throughout county government.

Jim brings the strength of his private and public sector background to the Office of Comptroller. He has insisted upon “best practices” to ensure an efficient County government that is responsive to the needs of its residents by taking on the tough issues of spending.

With the current budget environment, it is now more important than ever to exercise fiscal responsibility. The Office of Comptroller does not set policy, but Jim has continually spotlighted the activities of County government and informed the taxpayers of any fiscal or procedural irregularities. He will continue to use the Office to assess the cost of those policies and remind all, especially the taxpayers, of the economic realities involved.

Jim clearly understands the purpose and business of government and has restructured the Office of Comptroller to serve as a true advocate on behalf of the people of Dutchess County. He has been their voice concerning spending; government waste and inefficiencies and the need for balanced budgets.

Jim, 50, is a graduate of Providence College and Roger Williams Law School. For 9 years he managed business units throughout Asia; and, for 5 years he practiced Finance and Patent Litigation in New York City. His specialty is Japanese and Chinese infringement.

Coughlan (R,C,I)  has run twice with the Republican and Conservative Party lines for Dutchess County Comptroller and ran unopposed, with the additional Independence endorsement, for a second term in 2013. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley.