Dawn Norton, interim finance director for Bridgeport, has been appointed chief financial officer for the Town of New Canaan. April 27 is scheduled to be her last day on the job in Bridgeport.
The New Canaan Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the hiring of Norton Tuesday morning. No doubt going from the turbulent world of city government to upscale New Canaan is a welcome change for Norton as First Selectman Rob Mallozzi is quoted in the New Canaan News:
“Talk about a person that cannot wait to come to New Canaan. She is working presently in Bridgeport with three different unions within the office. So she is going to come into an environment here that will be a lot easier to work with in terms of the dynamics of personnel issues and that should make her even more effective as a chief financial officer. I couldn’t be more happy.”
City employees provide mixed reviews on Norton. Some describe her as bright, hard working and a tough taskmaster who puts in long hours. No word from Bridgeport City Hall about Norton’s replacement. She has a master’s degree in management from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.
As city finance chief, Norton supervises the revenue side of the city budget including tax collections and tax assessment departments. The budget is built by Tom Sherwood, director of the Office of Policy and Management, who handles the spending side.
Norton is the second city official to recently announce a resignation for another municipality. Ed Lavernoich, the city’s deputy director of development, has accepted the development directors job in Trumbull.
New Canaan News article here.