By Tim Loh
BRIDGEPORT — Ken Flatto, the longtime Fairfield first selectman who recently moved here, is helping Bridgeport’s Finance Department complete its year-end audit.
Flatto, a CPA who has cycled through several jobs in the past 15 months, has taken the Park City as one of his first three clients as a management consultant, he said Tuesday.
The city’s finance department has been short-staffed since at least April, when Interim Finance Director Dawn Norton left for a similar position in New Canaan.
Flatto held Fairfield’s top elected position for 12 of the past 14 years. He joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration last March, as the state’s executive director of special revenue. He quit that post in January to join the Jewish Home for the Elderly as vice president for community services and business development. He recently vacated that post.
Last week, Flatto said that he and his wife have moved from their home of 20 years in Fairfield to a condo on Park Avenue in Bridgeport.
He told the Connecticut Post at the time that he needed a week before he could discuss a potential future career. He said he did not plan to get very involved in politics, but that he would help Fairfield and Bridgeport in “a big-picture way,” perhaps as a booster.
He acknowledged Tuesday that he’d heard a few weeks ago that Bridgeport’s finance office was in need of manpower. He had spoken with Bridgeport’s Chief Administration Officer Andrew Nunn. “We had a conversation,” he said, “and next thing, here I am helping.”
He began work on Monday and expects to continue for a few months, he said, working several days a week. He declined to comment on his compensation, saying only that he’s charging the city about 25 percent less than he would a private client.
The city did not answer questions before press time Tuesday about the agreement.
His first two days of work, Flatto said, remind him of his jobs leading various towns’ finances before he became first selectman of Fairfield.
“It’s kind of like going back to the stuff I did 15 years ago,” he said.
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