The Town Administrator is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town and supervises its general government functions.
Matthew Reed began his role as Ellington’s first Town Administrator on August 14, 2023. Matt worked as a police officer in South Windsor for 28 years and served as their chief of police. Additionally, Matt worked as a labor and employment law attorney for a private Hartford law firm, as attorney and hearing officer for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC), and as a staff attorney for the Department Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP).
History of the Position
The Town Administrator position was instituted in 2023 and was the result of significant contemplation by town leaders. The Board of Selectmen established the Ad Hoc Government Study Committee on February 10, 2020; their charge was to gather information about the different forms of municipal government in Connecticut and to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding possible changes to Ellington’s government structure. Over the next year, the Committee met and deliberated on the prospect of creating a Town Administrator or Town Manager position. In early 2021, the Committee completed their work and forwarded their report and recommendations to the Selectmen.
The recommendation included the suggested hiring of a Town Administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Town. It was further recommended that the First Selectman position be relieved of daily management responsibilities and scaled back to part-time hours. The goal of the new Town Administrator position is to ensure consistency and continuity of Ellington’s administrative operations. By Charter, the First Selectman remains the CEO of the Town and the Town Administrator reports to the First Selectman. The Board of Selectman retains overarching policy-making and legislative authority for the Town.
Public Hearings on the creation of the Town Administrator position were held on February 28, 2022 and August 8, 2022. At a special Town Meeting held on May 8, 2023, the creation of the Town Administrator position was approved by those citizens in attendance. On July 10, 2023, after a thorough application, review and interview process, Matthew Reed of South Windsor was selected as Ellington's first Town Administrator.
Connecticut Water Company Application to Amend Customer Rates
Notice of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Public Comment Hearing on Rate Application
Connecticut Water Company filed a general rate case application with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), proposing to increase the rates changed to customers. The full notice (attached here) provides detailed information on the request, the process, and how you can provide input and comments to PURA on the application.
PURA has scheduled Public Comment Hearings for this application on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 93 Main Street, Ellington - 5:30 PM