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CCM Elects New Officers and Board of Directors for 2016; Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury Elected President

For Immediate Release

Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

Joe DeLong (203) 747-0268

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders with 158 member municipalities, elected its Officers and Board of Directors for 2016 at CCM's Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, December 15. Three new officers were elected, seven municipal leaders were elected for the first time as directors, and 11 directors were re-elected for another year. They join with two past presidents of CCM who continue to serve on the board.

January 1, 2016 will mark the beginning of the terms of the CCM President, Officers and Board of Directors for 2016 which were switched in CCM’s by-laws in 2015 from fiscal year to calendar year terms. Here is CCM’s new leadership for 2016:

Mark D. Boughton, Mayor of Danbury, has been elected CCM President. He had previously been CCM First Vice President. Prior to becoming Mayor, Boughton served as a State Representative from 1998 to 2001. He served as a member of the Education Committee and ranking member of the Environment Committee. Boughton was elected Mayor in 2001 and was previously a social studies teacher at Danbury High School.

Boughton succeeds Matthew Galligan, Town Manager of South Windsor, who served as CCM President for the past 18 months. Galligan led CCM with great success through a period of significant transition and redirection to set new, expansive priorities, which also resulted in the appointment of Joe DeLong as CCM Executive Director eight months ago.

Susan S. Bransfield, First Selectwoman of Portland, has been elected CCM First Vice President. She had previously been CCM Second Vice President. Before becoming First Selectwoman in 2003, Bransfield worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education. Bransfield serves as Chairperson of CCM's Legislative Subcommittee on Public Safety, Crime Prevention and Code Enforcement. She is also a past president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.

John A. Elsesser, Town Manager of Coventry, has been elected CCM Second Vice President. Elsesser has been Coventry's Town Manager for over 25 years. He previously worked as Assistant Town Manager in Avon and Assistant to the Town Manager in Wethersfield. He serves as a member of the State Tax Panel, State's Emergency Response Commission, State E-911 Commission, and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Highlands Health District. Elsesser also is a past Chairman of the Board of CIRMA, the risk management and insurance services arm of CCM.

Newly elected to the Board of Directors are:

Luke A. Bronin, Mayor of Hartford

Joseph P. Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport

Catherine Iino, First Selectwoman of Killingworth

Neil O’Leary, Mayor of Waterbury

Curt Leng, Mayor of Hamden

W. Kurt Miller, First Selectman of Seymour

Scott Shanley, General Manager of Manchester

Re-elected to CCM’s Board are:

Robert M. Congdon, First Selectman of Preston

Michael Freda, First Selectman of North Haven

Deb Hinchey, Mayor of Norwich

Toni N. Harp, Mayor of New Haven

Barbara M. Henry, First Selectman of Roxbury

Rudolph P. Marconi, First Selectman of Ridgefield

Leo Paul, First Selectman of Litchfield

Lisa Pellegrini, First Selectman of Somers

R. Scott Slifka, Mayor of West Hartford

Mark Walter, First Selectman of East Haddam

Steven R. Werbner, Town Manager of Tolland

Past presidents of CCM continuing to serve on the board are:

Matthew B. Galligan, Town Manager of South Windsor

Herbert C. Rosenthal, former First Selectman of Newtown

Honorary Board Members

Elizabeth Paterson, former Mayor of Mansfield

Stephen Cassano, Selectman of Manchester and State Senator for the 4th District


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 158 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.

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