Hamilton Selected as Chief Financial Officer for Norwalk Public Schools

Hamilton Selected as Chief Financial Officer for Norwalk Public Schools
Posted on 08/28/2015
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Tom Hamilton, currently Finance Director for the City of Norwalk, has been selected for the position of Chief Financial Officer for Norwalk Public Schools.  The Norwalk Board of Education voted  and approved Hamilton’s  appointment at its meeting on Tuesday, September 1.  He will start in his new role on October 5, 2015.

“Tom Hamilton’s pending appointment with Norwalk Public Schools recognizes the critical role our school system plays in the overall well-being of our City,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.  “Since his return to Norwalk in 2003, Hamilton has guided the City through the 2008 financial crisis, helped to maintain our top bond rating, and managed the implementation of three citywide property revaluations, among other achievements. And while this new role would give Tom the opportunity to take his career in a new direction, it also keeps his expertise right where we want it, here in Norwalk.”   

As the chief financial officer for the City, Hamilton is currently responsible for managing all financial operations for the City of Norwalk, including accounting, financial reporting, payroll, treasury/cash management, budget preparation and execution, internal audit, risk management, purchasing and central services.  Before taking on his current role, he served as director of administration for the City of Stamford for seven years. Prior to that, he was director of finance for the City of West Haven.  He served Norwalk as director of management and budget in from 1986 to 1992.

“I’m very pleased to advance the recommendation of Tom Hamilton for the role of Chief Financial Officer at Norwalk Public Schools,” said Mike Lyons, Chairman, Norwalk Board of Education. "Hamilton’s appointment will enable us to balance the City’s needs with those of our students and schools, and will assist the Board of Education in continuing our commitment to delivering appropriate yet responsible budget proposals. His deep experience with Norwalk’s budgeting process makes him an excellent choice for this position.” 

“With Hamilton’s knowledge of City operations, his appointment would also enable closer cooperation in the future between the City and the school system, with the potential for identifying cost savings and efficiencies not currently realized,” Lyons added.

Pending approval of Hamilton’s appointment, Bob Barron, Director of Management and Budgets, would be appointed Acting Finance Director for the City of Norwalk, according to Rilling. “Bob’s experience in the city’s finance department will ensure a seamless transition as Tom takes on his new responsibilities,” said Rilling.