Mayor of Waterbury to lead Connecticut towns and cities in 2018 as CCM President

Mayor of Waterbury to lead Connecticut towns and cities in 2018 as CCM President

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3487

Neil O’Leary, long-time mayor of Waterbury, has been elected President of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) for 2018. 

Mayor O’Leary served in 2017 as CCM’s 1st Vice President. Advancing the state-local partnership, community building, economic development, and improving the overall quality of life in his city have been key to O’Leary’s success in Waterbury. He also has been a leading player for CCM members in helping to push state legislative action on local revenue diversification, cost containment efforts through mandates relief, and greater regional service sharing among towns.

“2018 will represent another crucial crossroads in the relationship between Connecticut local governments and its state leaders,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “CCM is very fortunate to have such an experienced mayor to lead our 166 member communities. He is well-respected on both sides of the political aisle at both the state and local levels and will play a key role in forging consensus on important state-local issues during the 2018 General Assembly session.”

Here are CCM’s other officers for 2018:
1st Vice President, John A. Elsesser, Town Manager of Coventry
2nd Vice President, Michael J. Freda, First Selectman of North Haven

CCM Board for 2018 back to top

Newly elected to the Board of Directors for 2018 are:
Tom Banisch, First Selectman of Madison
Matthew S. Knickerbocker, First Selectman of Bethel
Michael C. Tetreau, First Selectman of Fairfield
John Salomone, City Manager of Norwich

Also serving again on the Board of Directors in 2018 are:
Luke A. Bronin, Mayor of Hartford
Robert M. Congdon, First Selectman of Preston
Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport
Toni N. Harp, Mayor of New Haven
Barbara M. Henry, First Selectman of Roxbury
Catherine Iino, First Selectwoman of Killingworth
Marcia A. Leclerc, Mayor of East Hartford
Curt B. Leng, Mayor of Hamden
W. Kurt Miller, First Selectman of Seymour
Rudolph P. Marconi, First Selectman of Ridgefield
Leo Paul, First Selectman of Litchfield
Scott Shanley, General Manager of Manchester
Jayme J. Stevenson, First Selectman of Darien
Erin Stewart, Mayor of New Britain
Daniel D. Syme, First Selectman of Scotland
Mark B. Walter, Town Administrator of Columbia
Steven R. Werbner, Town Manager of Tolland

Past presidents continue to serve on the CCM Board. They are:
Susan S. Bransfield, First Selectwoman of Portland
Mark D. Boughton, Mayor of Danbury
Matthew B. Galligan, Town Manager of South Windsor
Herbert C. Rosenthal, Former First Selectman of Newtown

CCM is the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state, with 166 member municipalities.

We come together for one common mission, to improve everyday life for every resident of Connecticut. We share best practices and objective research to help our local leaders govern wisely. We advocate at the state level for issues affecting local taxpayers. And we pool our buying power to negotiate more cost-effective services for our communities.

CCM is governed by a board of directors that is elected by the member municipalities. Our board represents municipalities of all sizes, leaders of different political parties, and towns/cities across the state. Our board members also serve on a variety of committees that participate in the development of CCM policy and programs.

Federal representation is provided by CCM in conjunction with the National League of Cities. CCM was founded in 1966 and is marking its 52nd year of service to Connecticut towns and cities in 2018.