James Cheney

Chief Financial Officer

James Cheney is a 1981 Graduate of Midlakes who went on to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.  In 1992, while chair of the St. Felix Church Parish Council, he helped found the House of John located in Clifton Springs and serves on the board of directors.  In addition, James founded the Phelps Community Center and the Phelps Business Development and Tourism Council and continues to work with both organizations.

He also served on the Ontario National Bank board of directors in Clifton Springs. He was mayor of the Village of Phelps for 16 years before retiring from that position in 2016 – during which, he was a weekly opinion columnist for the Finger Lakes Times for 5 years.  While a member of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club, he started a Christmas Giving Tree that has been active for 30 years and has provided over 50,000 gifts to families in need.  Presently, he is the principal owner of James E. Cheney CPA, PLLC and co-owner of the Phelps Mercantile located in Phelps, New York.  He is a member of the Sons of the Phelps American Legion.

James is a member of the Phelps Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Bank of the Finger Lakes Advisory Board, is Treasurer and a board member of the Mary Hicks Preston Foundation and the  Kyrias Foundation; and, is on the Finger Lakes Health’s board of directors.

He also serves as controller for several local businesses, including recently being named Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, as well as a member of the board of directors, for Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies.  James has received the Paul Harris Award from the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club and was recognized by Ontario County during Victim Advocacy Week for his assistance in opening the Child Advocacy Center.  Recently, James was recognized as a Graduate of Distinction by Midlakes High School.  He lives in Phelps with his wife of nearly 30 years, Dawn.  They raised four children and hosted over 12 Foreign Exchange Students through AFS and Rotary International.