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A Farewell from the First Selectman

 

As I approach the end of my final term in office as the First Selectman of Griswold, I'm filled with many emotions. In the beginning of my first term, and still today, I feel the greatest privilege and honor to serve this community.

 

What service comes without a cost? I remember being interviewed recently for a newspaper article and I was asked “do you have any regrets about your time serving as the First Selectman?” I took a deep breath, and with deep thought, offered this: “I came into this position with many great friends and family.  I made hundreds of new friends and lost many old friends, for a variety of reasons; maybe my fault, maybe others, but it really doesn't matter. When serving local office you take the responsibility of everything from the dog barking in the middle of the night or the cat in the tree, to road issues, budgetary issues and quality of life issues. This journey has proven to me that there is much more ‘good’ in the world than ‘bad’.”

 

I want to thank all the people who helped me along the way including Republicans, Democrats and Independents.  Also, those who have never voted before who stepped up and helped with projects on our agenda to make Griswold the best it could be. I can look back and smile, knowing we did the best we could for the last 4 years. We took on some of the hardest subjects that had long been ignored such as an ambulance service, correction of property assessments, and so many others. We didn't run away from the heroin and opiate issue facing our community as well as communities throughout this country. I want to thank the Griswold PRIDE team for making us one of the leading examples in the State of Connecticut on how to best deal with and handle this tough topic.

 

We made Economic and Community Development a priority for this community and that commitment has paid dividends.  We are on the brink of hundreds of millions of dollars in projects coming to our community in the near future; because of our team.

 

I want to thank the first Board of Selectmen that I had the pleasure to work with, Steve Mikutel and Phil Anthony, who taught me to work with a common goal even with a difference of opinion. I'd like to especially thank Steve Merchant and Martin McKinney for the last 2 years on the Board of Selectmen. Steve and Martin are great examples of civic leadership. I want to thank the entire Town staff from the public works crew led by Todd Babbitt who handle each and every one of our issues in a prompt and distinct way to Mario Tristany and his commitment to the future of Griswold and economic and community growth.  Our great programs offered by the town would not be possible without the leadership of Ryan Aubin along with the recreation staff and commission bringing community events to a level never seen before. Thank you to Tina Falck and her staff for the care of our residents and dedication to making our services and programs one of the best in all of Southeastern Connecticut.  Thanks to the Finance office under Erik Christensen and his team for their controlled spending and understanding of a smart financial government. To the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor's Office whom serve the community with dignity; the Town Clerk's Office and Registrar's Office who handle each and every one of our important votes with responsibility second to none. Thanks to the staff of the Building and Fire Marshal’s Office for the assistance they offer and keeping our community safe.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Griswold and Jewett City Volunteer Fire Departments for their bravery and willingness to serve our community and American Ambulance for their prompt and professional service.   To all those who serve on the many Boards and Commissions, thank you for your willingness to serve.

 

I want to especially thank Lisa Wood, Executive Assistant to the First Selectman, who serves the community in superior fashion.  Without you Lisa, I would have had very little success. I finally want to thank my family Melissa, Jacob and Taylor and all my friends new and old. Although, I will no longer be sitting in the seat as First Selectman, I will always have great compassion for our town and the betterment of it.  I hope when I see you around town, we can exchange a hello and smile, knowing I did the best I could with my heart and soul always remaining committed to Griswold.

 

I look forward to working with the communities in the 45th district as your State Representative and representing not parties, but people, in Hartford.

 

Respectfully,

Kevin

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