Flatto lands consulting job on Bridgeport finances
Published 7:19 am, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Kenneth Flatto, the longtime Fairfield first selectman who recently sold his Fairfield home and moved to Bridgeport, is helping the city of Bridgeport's Finance Department complete its year-end audit.
Flatto, a CPA who has cycled through several jobs in the past 15 months, has taken the Park City as one of his first three clients as a management consultant, he said Tuesday.
The city's Finance Department has been short-staffed since at least April when interim Finance Director Dawn Norton left for a similar position in New Canaan.
Flatto held Fairfield's top elected position for 12 of the past 14 years, stepping down last spring when he joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration as the state's executive director of special revenue. He quit that post in January to join the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield as vice president for community services and business development. He recently left that job, saying it was not a good fit.
Flatto he and his wife moved several weeks ago from their Orchard Hill Lane home of 20 years to a condo on Park Avenue in Bridgeport.
He told the Fairfield Citizen at the time that he needed a week before he could publicly discuss future career plans. He said he did not plan to get very involved in politics, but that he would try to help Fairfield and Bridgeport in "a big-picture way," perhaps as a booster.
Flatto acknowledged Tuesday that he'd heard a few weeks ago that Bridgeport's finance office was in need of manpower. After speaking with Bridgeport's Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Nunn, he said, "and next thing, here I am helping."
The former first selectman began work Monday and expects to continue for a few months, he said, working several days a week. He declined to comment on his compensation, saying only that he's charging the city about 25 percent less than he would a private client.
His first two days of work, Flatto said, remind him of earlier municipal finance jobs he held before he was elected Fairfield's first selectman.
"It's kind of like going back to the stuff I did 15 years ago," he said.
A Bridgeport spokesman did not respond to questions Tuesday about Flatto's work for the city.