Town Manager Dawn Francis has announced the appointments of two key positions in the Town of Colchester.
With more than fifteen years of economic development, marketing, and project management experience, Kathleen Walker O’Reilly has been named the new director of economic development.
The former president of Colchester Community Development Corporation (CCDC), O’Reilly’s projects will include, among others, the Colchester Community Center Initiative, the Economic Development Action Plan, and developing strategies for the enhancement of employment centers at Exits 16 and 17, Severance Corners, and Malletts Bay. She is a twenty-year resident of Colchester with a long history of active community engagement.
“Kathi is a proven professional in the economic development arena,” said Town Manager Dawn Francis. O’Reilly will begin her post in early September.
Aaron Frank of Colchester has been named chief financial officer and assistant town manager for the Town to replace Joan Boehm, an eleven-year veteran for the community. Most recently, he served as assistant general manager for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) where he helped increase ridership by 70 percent by targeting service to meet business and employee needs while reducing reliance on property taxes by 69 percent. “Aaron comes highly recommended by his colleagues and peers as a top-notch employee whose professionalism and ability to explain complex issues in understandable terms is second to none. He excels at project and employee management and has a proven track record with CCTA as having been the go-to person for financial analyses, grants, and audit compliance,” said Francis.
Frank said, “It is an honor to be able to work in public service in one’s own community. I look forward to helping the Town staff realize the goals of the citizens and Selectboard.”
Lara Alemy of Milton, who was hired in August, most recently worked for nine years with the City of Burlington in the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office as an accountant and financial assistant. She will replace longtime Colchester Finance Officer Coral Coleman, who is retiring after thirty-four years with the town. Alemy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Champlain College and extensive experience in governmental accounting. Francis said, “Lara has impressed all of us with her ability to pick up our systems and procedures, and we are pleased that she has very quickly been accepted by our team.”
To read the formal press release announcing these appointments, please click here.
And with Dawn Francis stepping into the role of town manager on April 29, the swearing-in of Chief Morrison, the appointment of Kelly Tomaseski as the director of Burnham Memorial Library, and the collaboration with Colchester School District regarding communications, our town government is in a time of exciting change.
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