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Flynn re-elected chairman of Board of Finance

Published 6:28 am, Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • Thomas Flynn, left, the newly re-elected Board of Finance chairman, congratulates Jim Brown, who was selected Tuesday as the panel's new vice chairman. Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    Thomas Flynn, left, the newly re-elected Board of Finance chairman, congratulates Jim Brown, who was selected Tuesday as the panel's new vice chairman. Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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Board of Finance member Christopher DeWitt has been on the panel for seven years. In those seven years, the Republican said, there has been a great leader at the helm -- first Kevin Kiley, appointed last year to a vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen, and then Thomas Flynn.

"There is no one better to lead us through what will be another tough budget season," DeWitt said Tuesday night as he nominated fellow Republican Flynn to once again serve as the finance board chairman.

Flynn's election was approved unanimously, although Flynn abstained from the vote.

"This is an honor and a privilege to be amongst this board," Flynn said. He said the job is easy because of the people on the board. "We all get along," Flynn said, doing what is best for the town, regardless of political affiliation. "That's a model that has served us well," he said.

Flynn then nominated Jim Brown, also a Republican, as vice chairman. Robert Bellitto Jr., who had served as the vice chairman, lost the Republican nomination to run for re-election this year.

"He's like E.F. Hutton," Flynn said, of Brown. "He doesn't speak too much, but when he does, people listen."

Again, the vote was unanimous, with Brown abstaining. It was then Brown's turn to nominate Mary LeClerc as the board's secretary.

Flynn noted that LeClerc, a Republican, is the longest tenured member of the board. "Mary has always done all the detailed work," Flynn said. "I'm thankful for her efforts, particularly behind the scenes."

As with the other two elections, LeClerc received the unanimous approval of the board. She abstained from the vote.