Tymniak appointed administrative officer in Stratford
Updated 8:09 am, Saturday, January 2, 2016
Chris Tymniak, who lost his bid for Fairfield’s first selectman last November, has landed a top job in another area town.
Tymniak has been named chief administrative officer for the town of Stratford, that town’s mayor, John Harkins, announced Wednesday. Before campaigning for the Fairfield post last fall, Tymniak had been the chief administrative officer for the city of Ansonia, and previously was the head of the governor’s Bridgeport regional office during the administration of M. Jodi Rell.
Though he lost the contest for Fairfield first selectman to Democrat Michael Tetreau, Tymniak won enough votes for a seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, which he said he plans to keep. That post, however, is not salaried.
Tymniak and fellow Republican Laurie McArdle now hold the majority on the Board of Selectmen, with two votes to Tetreau’s one if issues come down to a party-line vote. Locally, Tymniak had previously served on the Representative Town Meeting.
“Chris Tymniak has municipal experience as a CAO and understands the issues and challenges of running a municipal government,” Harkins said in making the announcement. “We are lucky to have someone of his caliber willing to step up and serve our town.”
In Stratford, the chief administrative officer serves as the mayor’s right-hand man. The CAO oversees a number of aspects of town government including meeting with department heads to determine budgetary and other needs, oversight of labor contracts, establishing contracts with vendors, working with grant application and other duties.
“Stratford was one of my target towns when I worked with Governor Rell, so I have a great working relationship with the people there,” Tymniak said. “And I lived in Stratford during that period that I was with the governor’s office, so I have a good understanding of the town. I’m really excited about this.”
The $105,000 Stratford CAO post had been vacant since Stephen J. Nocera left in June for a similar position in Danbury.
Tymniak lives in Fairfield with his wife, Nicole, and their sons, Sam, 7, and James, 4. He lived in Stratford from 2006 to 2011.