||Mark D. Boughton
||155 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810
Statement of Mission: The City of Danbury’s mission is to ensure a superior quality of life for its citizens by providing the most cost effective municipal services while preserving the cultural, historical and natural resources of the city. We are committed to working with citizens to enhance Danbury’s position as a premier place to live, work, and raise a family in a traditional yet progressive community.
Elected to a two year term, the Mayor is the presiding officer of the Common Council and is responsible for the administration of all City Departments.
For a detailed description of the Mayor's responsibilities please refer to the section of the City Charter listed as The Mayor
The Mayor’s Office services constituents and supports the Mayor’s administrative tasks. The Mayor’s staff services thousands of individuals year round through phone calls, emails, letters and by way of walk-in visits. The staff oversees a variety of city projects and programs in addition to assisting other departments and organizations with their daily business.
The Office’s Chief of Staff is Wayne Shepperd. Mr. Shepperd aids the Mayor with the supervision of city projects, staffing and everyday operations. Mr. Shepperd serves as an office liaison to several community organizations, is regularly involved in economic development issues and attends events or meetings when the Mayor is unable to attend.
The Community Services Coordinator, PJ Prunty, serves as the Mayor’s liaison to the public. Mr. Prunty assists the Mayor with constituent requests for services, and coordinates city services for special events. Mr. Prunty accompanies the mayor to the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council and other community meetings to address concerns and service demands. In addition, Mr. Prunty is active in managing Danbury TV (DTV) on channel 24, and the appointment of individuals to city boards and commissions.
Assistant to the Mayor, Roger Palanzo serves as representative of the Mayor’s office on various commissions, boards and task forces. Some of which include Danbury Promise for Children Partnership, Main Street Partnership and Housing Partnership. Mr. Palanzo manages specific communications for the Mayor and also assists in the work of responding to residents’ questions and concerns. Mr. Palanzo deals with major projects including the City’s annual Clean City Danbury Day bulk waste collection, and the Adopt-a-Street & Adopt-a-Spot programs.
Elisa Munoz is the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant. Ms. Munoz handles scheduling and communications on behalf of the Mayor. Additionally, she coordinates activities and special events. Ms. Munoz distributes information through the city’s website, through the Mayor’s quarterly newsletters, and via press releases to the media. She helps facilitate the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge for students of all ages through the Danbury Public Library and takes part in the planning, organization, and execution of fundraising events such as the Mayor’s Cup golf tournament, raising funds for local non-profit groups. Several interns from local schools and universities are coordinated by Ms. Munoz throughout the year, providing additional support to the office staff.
Joan Soderstrom serves as the Receptionist to the Mayor’s Office greeting all of the Office’s guests and directing visitors to other office staff when needed. Ms. Soderstrom also provides additional help to the Mayor and his staff with various projects.
- Mayor Boughton worked to lead the $44 million schools expansion project. Shelter Rock Elementary School, Stadley Rough Elementary, Park Avenue Elementary and Mill Ridge School were all part of this expansion project. The expansions have added many new classrooms to handle an increase several hundred new students who have entered the school system during the past five years.
- Our 11th annual Clean City Danbury Day took place in 2014.Mr. Palanzo spearheaded this event which allows residents to clean out their basements and attics of household items and bring them to collection sites free of charge. There were 861 volunteers who cleaned streets or worked at collection sites (up from 618 volunteers in 2013 and 484 in 2012). A total of nearly 120 tons of trash was collected.
- The City opened its first Innovation Center on Main Street for entrepreneurial business people.This former bank site is adjacent to the City’s Library. The site hosts new offices for our SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers and Danbury Hackerspace.
- The Kennedy Park Improvement Project located on almost an acre of land located between Elm Street on the south and Kennedy Avenue on the north was recently completed. This project was carefully designed to protect numerous large existing trees, to create planted landscaped areas and to direct the pedestrian traffic around the landscaped areas. The improved Park is being used by many residents and the Farmers Market on Fridays.
- Under the guidance of Mr. Prunty, the Mayor’s Office conducted another eight-week Citizens Government Academy which allows individuals an opportunity to learn about city government through first-hand experience and gain exposure to the wide range of government services, functions and issues. The academy's mission is to create engage citizens who will be involved in community activities, volunteer for Mayoral appointed boards, commissions and task forces or otherwise become involved in city governance. Another session is scheduled for September.
- Our Economic Development office, under the leadership of Economic Development Director Bruce Tuomala, was again consistently busy. Unlike many state communities, Danbury has been blessed with a steady flow of expanding and new businesses.The multi-year projects at Western Connecticut Health Network (a $150 million New Patient Tower/ER), Western Connecticut State University Visual and Performing Arts Center ($97 million) and the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Lee Farm have been highly visible projects that have all opened this past year
- And, the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program has once more been very effective, placing 57 city youngsters into jobs. These youth workers were placed at 14 worksites throughout the City. They took part in a variety of functions including general office assistance, data entry, park grooming, summer camp counseling and retail opportunities.