Town of Brattleboro Finance Director and Treasurer John O’Connor has announced his intention to retire in October.
O’Connor has been the Town’s Finance Director and Treasurer since July 7, 2011. During his tenure, the Town has received 7 years of “clean” audited financial reports with no findings requiring corrective action. In addition to that stellar record of financial reporting, O’Connor successfully managed $32.5 million in bond funds from a variety of sources for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project; $13 million of bond funds for the Police Fire Facilities construction project; and millions of dollars more in Federal, State, and private grants for a wide variety of Town programs and projects, including $1.6 million in FEMA grant money for 39 separate recovery projects after Tropical Storm Irene.
“Brattleboro is fortunate to have had John’s steady oversight of Town finances during a period of significant investment in our community,” said Town Manager Peter Elwell. “We will miss John but are happy for him to be able to slow his pace down as he takes a well-earned retirement after a successful 50-year career.”
Prior to joining the Town staff, O’Connor was the Finance Director for the Town of Rockingham and the Village of Bellows Falls for 5 years, and prior to that he served for 18 years in various positions at Vermont Yankee including Controller, Procurement Director, and Corporate Secretary. He began his professional career as the Controller and Treasurer of the Virgin Islands Telephone Company in 1981 after earning an MBA degree from the University of Michigan.
“It has been an honor to serve the Town of Brattleboro as Finance Director and Treasurer for the past eight years,” O’Connor said. “I will miss the challenges of the job and the teamwork and camaraderie of my staff and co-workers.”
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John O’Connor announced his intention to retire in 2016! Looks like he is finally getting the opportunity.
“I may retire in FY18,” he announced in a rather calm, Finance-Director sort of way.”
He did a really good job of getting Brattleboro’s finances organized and systems updated.
Thanks for doing a great job, John. Big shoes to fill!