Mayor David Martin announced Tuesday the addition of a new cabinet level position in the City of Stamford.
“I want to make a significant change in the way the Mayor’s Cabinet or office is organized and very specifically I’m going to be creating a Chief of Staff position within the Mayor’s Office,” says Martin. “Technically he is going to be serving as a special assistant to the Mayor. I am going to go the Board of Finance and the Board of Representatives to obtain funding for this position.”
Martin says the new Chief of Staff position is necessary in a city like Stamford that is constantly growing.
“In the top five cities in Connecticut, Stamford is the only city that does not have a Chief of Staff,” says the mayor. “And I think it’s no surprise to us anyway that Stamford has grown to become a major player in our state, in our region. We continue to attract new residents and new businesses both small and large.”
Martin appointed former Board of Finance Member Michael Pollard to the new position. Pollard served on the board for six years, spending two of those years as Chairman.
“He has the breadth and depth of experience necessary to help drive the agenda forward, and I think he is an ideal candidate,” says Martin. “He has served as a public official in both local and state boards and is deeply involved in our community over the years, and has a business background that he brings to the Government Center.”
“The City of Stamford is a magnificent city,” says Pollard. “However it has its set of challenges like most municipalities and I certainly look forward to joining the leader in an effort, our mayor, to really bring about some of the most significant changes that this city will likely see.”
Martin also announced Tuesday that Michael Handler will continue to serve as Stamford’s Director of Administration
“I’ve had an incredible experience the last year and a half serving under Mayor Pavia and I look forward to serving under David Martin,” says Handler. “He’s got some interesting ideas. I think I can see a role in this administration for me to play, it’s a critical role, and I’m excited that he’s asked me to stay.”