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April 20, 2022

Bishop Terry R. LaValley will appoint James E. Morrison as assistant diocesan fiscal officer.

Morrison will step into this new role on April 18, 2022.

It is anticipated that Morrison will become diocesan fiscal officer on December 1, when the current diocesan fiscal officer, Michael J. Tooley, retires after 20 years of service to the diocese.

“I am deeply grateful to Jim Morrison,” said Bishop LaValley. “He brings years of experience in finance and administration, coupled with a love for the Church. The diocese has been blessed by competent and professional fiscal officers, and I am delighted that high level of professionalism will be continued.”

Morrison is a graduate of Canton College of Technology and Clarkson University. He currently serves as the Risk and Claims Manager of the diocese. Prior to coming to the diocese, he served as Executive Vice President of Finance for United Helpers Organization, Ogdensburg. In that capacity he directed the financial administration, general accounting, business services, and financial reporting for United Helpers.

Morrison brings more than 30 years of financial, administrative and accounting experience to his new position.

“We feel blessed to have someone with Jim Morrison’s abilities and experience to lead our fiscal office,” Bishop LaValley said. “While Mike Tooley will leave big shoes to fill when he begins his well-deserved retirement, it is a comfort to know that someone as capable as Jim will assume the reins.”

“I am extremely honored to have been considered for this position,” said Morrison. “During my three years here as Insurance/Risk Manager, I have seen first-hand the great job Mike Tooley and the Fiscal staff do, and I am hoping to keep those processes moving ahead smoothly. My time with the diocese has given me the opportunity to develop organizational knowledge and experience working with both Central Office and Parish staff. A life-long Catholic, it’s been a blessing to use the gifts God has given me in the service of His Church, and it’s been a great joy to work for Bishop LaValley and the Diocese.”

It is anticipated that Morrison will become diocesan fiscal officer later this year.

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