||Mark D. Boughton
||155 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810
Statement of Mission: The City of Danbury’s mission is to ensure a superior quality of life for its citizens by providing the most cost effective municipal services while preserving the cultural, historical and natural resources of the city. We are committed to working with citizens to enhance Danbury’s position as a premier place to live, work, and raise a family in a traditional yet progressive community.
Elected to a two year term, the Mayor is the presiding officer of the Common Council and is responsible for the administration of all City Departments.
For a detailed description of the Mayor's responsibilities please refer to the section of the City Charter listed as The Mayor
The Mayor’s Office services constituents and supports the Mayor’s administrative tasks. The Mayor’s staff services thousands of individuals year round through phone calls, emails, letters and by way of walk-in visits. The staff oversees a variety of city projects and programs in addition to assisting other departments and organizations with their daily business.
The Office’s Chief of Staff is Wayne Shepperd. Mr. Shepperd aids the Mayor with the supervision of city projects, staffing and everyday operations. Mr. Shepperd coordinates legislative matters scheduled for City Council consideration, serves as an office liaison to several community organizations, is regularly involved in economic development issues and attends events or meetings when the Mayor is unable to attend.
The Community Services Coordinator, PJ Prunty, serves as the mayor’s liaison to the public. Mr. Prunty assists the Mayor with constituent requests for services, and coordinates city services for special events. Mr. Prunty accompanies the mayor to the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council and other community meetings to address concerns and service demands. In addition, Mr. Prunty is active in managing Danbury TV (DTV) on channel 24, and the appointment of individuals to city boards and commissions.
Assistant to the Mayor, Roger Palanzo serves as representative of the Mayor’s office on various commissions, boards and task forces. Some of which include Danbury Promise for Children Partnership, Main Street Partnership and Housing Partnership. Mr. Palanzo manages specific communications for the Mayor and also assists in the work of responding to residents’ questions and concerns. Mr. Palanzo deals with major projects including the City’s annual Clean City Danbury Day bulk waste collection, and the Adopt-a-Street & Adopt-a-Spot programs.
Elisa Munoz is the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant. Ms. Munoz handles scheduling and communications on behalf of the Mayor. Additionally, she coordinates activities and special events. Ms. Munoz distributes information through the city’s website, through the Mayor’s quarterly newsletters, and via press releases to the media. She helps facilitate the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge for students of all ages through the Danbury Public Library and takes part in the planning, organization, and execution of fundraising events such as the Mayor’s Cup golf tournament, raising funds for local non-profit groups. Several interns from local schools and universities are coordinated by Ms. Munoz throughout the year, providing additional support to the office staff.
Joan Soderstrom serves as the Receptionist to the Mayor’s Office greeting all of the Office’s guests and directing visitors to other office staff when needed. Ms. Soderstrom also provides additional help to the Mayor and his staff with various projects.
The 2012-1013 year will be remembered for the impact of October’s Hurricane Sandy and the traumatic impact on our region and nation from the December murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In conjunction with United Way of Western Connecticut, Mayor Boughton’s office created the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and the Mayor initiated the 10-town Tribute to Newtown in an effort to soothe the emotions and applaud the municipal response to this national tragedy. Yet necessarily, the Mayor’s Office also focused on many other municipal activities.
The Citizens Government Academy was conducted in the Fall of 2012 and also in June of 2013. Twenty-nine Danbury residents participated in this eight-week program. It is designed to engage citizens in becoming involved in community activities and potentially develop an interest in City Boards and Commissions. This has been a highly successful program. If interest remains high, the Mayor will repeat this project in 2014.
Our 10th annual Clean City Danbury Day took place in April, 2013. This allows residents to clean out their basements and attics of household items and bring them to collection sites free of charge. Additionally on this day, 618 residents (up from 484 in 2012) volunteered their time to clean streets or staff collection sites. A total of 127 tons of items was collected in our dumpsters.
Mayor Boughton’s Danbury Airport Task Force finalized its one-year study and delivered its report on the value of the airport and its potential future benefits to the City. The Task Force identified an estimated annual $40 to $50 million economic impact from airport activity.
Our Economic Development office, under the guidance of Economic Development Director Bruce Tuomala, was again consistently busy. Unlike many state communities, Danbury has been blessed with a steady flow of expanding and new businesses. The multi-year projects at Western Connecticut Health Network (Danbury Hospital), Western Connecticut State University and the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Lee Farm have been highly visible projects.
Other highlights include the Boehringer Ingelheim lease renewal and the New Oak Capital leases, both at Matrix.
The Mayor’s office is significantly proud of Danbury’s low unemployment rate (hovering around 7%) and its 69% recovery of lost jobs.
The Mayor’s Office continues to maintain its connection with the senior community. The Mayor’s monthly Senior Advisory Board meetings at Elmwood Hall consist of an open discussion regarding important issues in the community.
And, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program has once more been effective than ever, placing 60 city youngsters into jobs.