New York State Special Commission on Legislative, Judicial, & Executive Compensation

Theresa L. Egan


In 1987, Theresa (Terri) started her career as an attorney with a small general practice law firm in Albany, and in November 1997 was elected the first woman Town Judge in town history. After 7 years on the bench, Terri was elected the first Democratic Town of Bethlehem Supervisor in over 130 years.

In April of 2007, she started her career with State government as a Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Motor Vehicles and was promoted to Executive Deputy Commissioner and acting Commissioner of the DMV in 2015. While at DMV, she managed agency policy and oversaw all phases of operations of an agency which generated more than $2 billion annually and had nearly 3,000 staff.

In October of 2020, she was asked to apply her operational abilities to assist the Department of Health during COVID managing all “people, places and money” and then retired from State service in October 2021.

Since her retirement, Terri has been serving as the President of Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce since July 2022, working with nearly 400 businesses to promote a robust business community within her home town and surrounding areas.

Terri has found that to be successful, throughout all of her endeavors, one must engage stakeholders to fully understand different perspectives, focusing on facts not rhetoric, and plainly communicate information, often and respectfully, through many channels. Terri is an appointee of the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.