Sandra Dennies to remain interim CFO until April
NEW CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen — Kevin Moynihan, Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams — had their first meeting together the day after their oath of office ceremony. In one of the main items of the agenda, they unanimously voted to approve the request by the director of Human Resources to extend Sandra Dennies’ role as interim chief financial officer of the town until April.
“I’ll be doing the budget for the first time for New Canaan, so there’s a lot going on between now and April 2018,” Dennies said the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend.
The biggest challenge in the next four months. according to Dennies, is communication within the town hall.
“We have to make sure that there is clear communication between departments and boards so that everyone can make knowledgeable decisions about responses to the budget,” she said.
This is the third time Dennies’ interim position has been renewed. She was first appointed in May when the previous town CFO, Dawn Norton, retired. Dennies’ previous experiences include CFO of Wilton and town administrator in Stamford.
Dennies’ salary was not made available as of press time.
“My resume was submitted and I’ve been told by the first selectman that they’re going to conduct a new search,” Dennies said. “I’m anticipating being among the people they’re evaluating going forward. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all works out.”
Moynihan, the Republican first selectman, confirmed the search. “We will be conducting an active search for new CFO since a search during the transition period was not practicable,” he said. “Sandy may be a candidate in that process. We’re pleased to have Sandy continue through our budget season.”
The sole Democrat on the board, Devereaux said: “The town is conducting a search in order to locate the best applicant for the job. To my knowledge, Sandra Dennies is expected to be one of the applicants.
“I’m glad that Sandra’s contract has been extended. It will give the town the opportunity to go through the budget process with continuity,” she added.
Williams, the other Republican selectman on the board, did not respond to requests for comment.
“It’ll be a very busy time for the municipality. We’re entering the holiday season and also a time of thoughtful consideration of what the town needs going forward, a truly busy time,” Dennies said.