Woodbridge – Town officials have started the transition process that will result in a new administration prepared to begin the new term of office on July first. First Selectman Beth Heller and First Selectman-elect Ellen Scalettar are meeting regularly and working closely with department heads to ensure a seamless transition at the end of next month.
Heller was appointed First Selectman to complete the term of Ed Sheehy, who died unexpectedly last month while running for re-election. Scalettar was elected May 6 to be First Selectman for the new term beginning July 1.
“I was proud to be on the ballot with so many outstanding candidates, and I am honored to have been chosen by the voters to serve as Woodbridge’s First Selectman,” Scalettar wrote in an open letter to thank all her supporters. “I am grateful for the support of voters from across the political spectrum and I look forward to working with all who wish to participate in strengthening our identity as a unique and visionary town.”
Among the many items to be addressed during this interim period will be nominations and appointments to fill several dozen vacancies on town boards and commissions. Terms for these volunteer positions are staggered, so roughly half the membership of each board and commission will require new appointments for the new term.
“We’re eager to hear from residents who want to serve our town in a meaningful way and participate in the give-and-take process that results in the effective delivery of municipal programs and services,” said Sheila McCreven, who chairs the Nominating Committee of the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee. “It is our tradition to nominate candidates with a unique interest or qualification specific to each board or commission – our objective is always to find those with an open mind and sincere desire to work collaboratively for the good of the town and its residents.”
Woodbridge residents at least 18 years old, regardless of party affiliation, who are interested and willing to volunteer on one of the town’s boards or commissions are encouraged to send e-mail with a note about their topics of interest and a resume to woodbridgeCTdems@gmail.com.
A message from Ellen Scalettar, Woodbridge First Selectman-Elect:
The recent election in the Town of Woodbridge was an example of American democracy at its finest. Still reeling from the sudden loss of our First Selectman, Ed Sheehy, the campaigns re-grouped with only two weeks to go, the voters turned out in numbers not seen for several years, and town officials carried out the election without a hitch.
I was proud to be on the ballot with so many outstanding candidates, and I am honored to have been chosen by the voters to serve as Woodbridge's First Selectman.
Many people became engaged in the process to select new leadership out of genuine interest in local governance and a commitment to citizen participation. These are very good signs for the future of Woodbridge. We need the talent and dedication of a wide variety of citizens to bring fresh ideas that will build upon and celebrate all that makes Woodbridge a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
I am grateful for the support of voters from across the political spectrum and I look forward to working with all who wish to participate in strengthening our identity as a unique and visionary town.