Interim CFO gets second temporary contract extension
Updated 6:56 pm, Tuesday, August 22, 2017
NEW CANAAN — Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Sandra Dennies will stay on in her role for an additional four months.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the interim contract of Dennies, who first came on in May after then CFO Dawn Norton announced her plans to retire amid a finance department shake up. Norton had served in the role since 2012.
“Sandra has continued to do a wonderful job,” said First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III. Dennies will continue her role through December.
According to Mallozzi, Dennies has assisted in the town’s audit and has received positive reviews from audit committee members.
The decision to extend her contract comes with the November First Selectman election between Republican Kevin Moynihan and Kit Devereaux in mind, as Mallozzi did not secure his party’s nomination and will not serve a fourth term.
“I thought it would be best, whether it’s Kit, or whether it’s Kevin… to work on the next CFO probably isn’t something that should have my imprint on it, because I believe that the next person should have in place the type of CFO they want,” Mallozzi said.
This is the second temporary extension for Dennies, whose contract was renewed for two months in June. Shortly after Dennies was brought on, in May, a series of material weaknesses — brought forth by the Town Council-appointed Audit Committee that precipitated the Finance Department hubbub that resulted in Town Administrator briefly taking the reigns in the department — were rectified, according to the town’s internal auditor O’Connor Davies.
Kevin Moynihan, for one, stated when he announced his candidacy for First Selectman, also in May, that he hoped a replacement for Norton wouldn’t be appointed until this November’s local elections.
“I know both Kevin and Kit are appreciative of that,” Mallozzi said, of the extension.