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Flynn Stays On as Fairfield Finance Chair

Fairfield's Thomas Flynn can keep his post—for another year at least. The Board of Finance voted to keep Flynn as its chair through December 2011 at its procedural meeting Tuesday night. Board member Kevin Kiley, who nominated Flynn, praised the chair for his leadership.

"[Flynn] has continued and improved upon this board's much-earned reputation over the years for being nonpolitical and nonpartisan," Kiley said.

He will oversee the nine-member body, which is responsible for allocating the town's funds and selling bonds for long-term projects. Flynn, who was unopposed, will be chair for a second year and remain in the office at least until he faces re-election next November.

After his breezy re-election, Flynn pledged to keep the best interest of taxpayers at heart and urged fellow board members to do the same. "Our citizens still face uncertain economic times and high unemployment rates," he said. "We need to continue to be vigilant with monitoring our spending, to be conservative in our revenue projections and stick to the policies that have been previously adopted by this board."

The Board of Finance also voted to keep Robert Belitto as its vice chair and to name Christopher DeWitt as secretary. Like Flynn, both won their spots by unanimous votes after running unopposed.

"The job was made easier by the fact that I am lucky to be surrounded by colleagues who treat each other with respect; who leave agendas at the door," Flynn said. "[And] who are passionate, smart, and above all dedicated to doing what they think is best for the citizens of our town."

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