Some reorganization is being done by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton during his eighth term in office.
Chief of Staff Wayne Shepperd will be retiring at the end of the month. Boughton thanked his friend for his hard work over the years. Pending approval by the City Council, Dean Esposito will assume the role of Chief of Staff. Esposito ran against Boughton for Mayor in 2005. But Boughton says they have never stopped being friends and has always been a trusted advisor to the office.
The Office of Economic Development will also be changed in the coming year. It's most recent Director, Bruce Toumala, left ot pursue other career opportunities.
The focus and the name of the department will be changed to the Office of Business Advocate. Boughton says that's a more appropriate description of the mission. The Office will focus on small and medium sized businesses who might have a challenge with permitting or that might need coaching on developing a solid business plan. Boughton says that will be a more effective approach to making Danbury a one-stop shop for businesses.
Boughton says these changes and others will create a savings of over $20,000 in the City budget.