Bpt. Mayor Finch takes over CCM, Danbury’s Boughton named 2nd VP

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton are from different parties – Finch is a Democrat, Boughton’s a Republican – but they agree their cities do not get enough money from the state of Connecticut to help offset local property taxes.

Now they’ll have a chance to make a little bit more noise in Hartford.

From the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities…

CCM elects new officers and board of directors for 2013-2014

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities, elected its Officers and Board of Directors for 2013-14 at CCM’s Annual Meeting on June 13. Five officers were elected and 19 directors were re-elected for another year. They join with  six past presidents of CCM who continue to serve on the board.

Here are CCM’s officers for FY 2013-14:

Bill Finch, Mayor of Bridgeport, was elected CCM President. He had previously been CCM First Vice President. Before becoming Mayor, Finch served seven years as a State Senator from the 22nd Assembly District. As a state legislator, he served as Assistant President Pro Tempore, Senate Chairman of the Environment Committee, and Senate Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee. Prior to becoming a state senator, Finch served as a Bridgeport City Council Member for nine and a half years.

Finch serves on the Advisory and Nominating Committees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is Co-Chairman of the organization’s Climate Protection Task Force.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Finch worked as Director of Regional Growth and Membership for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). He has also served as a member of the Grow Bridgeport Fund and the Connecticut Zoological Society.

Mark D. Boughton, Mayor of Danbury, was elected Second Vice President. He had previously been CCM Treasurer. Prior to becoming Mayor, Boughton served as a State Representative from 1998 to 2001. He served as a member of the Education Committee and ranking member of the Environment Committee. Boughton was elected Mayor in 2001 and has been re-elected five times. He was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor as the running mate of Tom Foley in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Boughton previously served in the United States Army Reserve where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He previously worked at Danbury High School as a social studies teacher and served as a member of the Danbury Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998. He also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of Western Connecticut State University.

Brian Lockhart