New Canaan Finance shakeup continues, CFO expected to retire
NEW CANAAN — Dawn Norton, the town’s chief financial officer since 2012, is expected to retire in July.
First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III said Tuesday that Norton had announced to him and her department that she would be leaving, though Norton said via email on Tuesday that she had not yet filed official retirement papers and declined questions until that time.
After a stint working for the city of Bridgeport’s finance department, Norton was hired by Mallozzi in 2012 from a pool of 55 candidates. She’ll leave a department that has drawn headlines in recent months after lingering material weaknesses in the town’s accounting were repeatedly reported by the town’s Audit Committee. In response, Mallozzi made a personnel change at the end of March and tasked Town Administrator Tom Stadler, a certified public accountant by trade, with overseeing the finance department.
“I expect to have an interim CFO in here within the next month or so. We’ll start talking to people as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we are in transition and Tom [Stadler] is taking a more active role in overseeing,” Mallozzi said. “Dawn has been overwhelmed by addressing the audit and other issues that have come before her, so we’re just lessening that and putting it more on us.”
Once an interim CFO is hired, Mallozzi said Stadler would transition out of the Finance Department.
Norton earned $143,934 in 2016.
According to Mallozzi, before she steps down, Norton will spearhead a multi-million dollar bonding project that would allow for the resurfacing of the New Canaan High School track and other field improvements.
In her time, Mallozzi said Norton was a crucial asset in modernizing the department, implementing the MUNIS (Municipal Information Systems) and working through an internal IRS audit, ultimately saving the town money. He also commended her dedication to the job.
“She’s the first one here in the morning and the last one to go home. Her work ethic is really admirable and remarkable,” Mallozzi said. “I’ve had a very good relationship with Dawn and I wish her well when she does retire.”