Mayor announces changes to her administrative team

By Marcia A. Leclerc - Mayor
East Hartford - posted Wed., Mar. 20, 2013
Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc. - Contributed Photo

I’d like to share three very important changes that I’ve made to my administrative team. First, it is with great pleasure that, effective March 20, John Choquette will return to my office reclaiming the position of Administrative Aid to assist in the activities of the office. John’s extensive experience in all facets of government coupled with his in-depth understanding of development will expand the bench strength of my office for the benefit of the community.

Second, with John moving into my office, Eileen C. Buckheit will join my team as the Director of Development. Eileen brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in development, remediation, grants, zoning, planning and redevelopment. Most recently and for six years, she served as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of West Haven. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Municipal Services for the Regional Growth Partnership supporting economic development for 15 member towns in the South Central Connecticut region. In her early career she served as an Economic Development Specialist for the City of Bridgeport. Eileen holds a BA and MPA from the University of CT and a Certification from the National Development Council in Economic Development Finance. Eileen resides in Durham with her family.

Eileen is the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Carey, who continue to reside in East Hartford. She was born and raised here, so I am delighted to welcome Eileen back to the community of her roots to continue the important work of development for the community.

Third, Pat Jones, our Library Director, submitted his intent to retire on June 30 after 40+ years with the Town of East Hartford. Subsequently, Pat moved that date up and retired officially at noon on March 8, 2013. Pat’s departure – as we plan the long-awaited Raymond Library expansion, renovation and temporary move into the Community Cultural Center – will create an instant void.

Accordingly, we have placed a staffing request in the “Hartford Courant,” on the Town’s website, and in the Library Connect System searching for an interim Library Director to assist us in the many complexities related to the move. I hope to identify an interim successor to Pat by the middle of April so that the important work related to the expansion and renovation of the library is not further delayed.

In closing, I am excited by the opportunities that these changes represent and hope you will stop by to welcome John back, to say hello to Eileen, and to extend to Pat good wishes as he settles into retirement.

-Marcia A. Leclerc - Mayor

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