Cheshire Town Manager Sean Kimball has been in charge of helping keep services functioning while ensuring the safety of the community throughout the pandemic.
Now, local officials are showing their appreciation in a very tangible way.
On Tuesday, April 13, the Town Council approved a new contract for Kimball, including a $25,000 salary bump that will raise his annual earnings to $171,775 per year. The new contract was passed unanimously by the Council, and will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024. Kimball’s contract had been scheduled to expire this June.
His previous salary was $146,775.
The move serves as a “thank you” from the Council for what Kimball’s been able to do for the Town over his tenure as manager, and specifically over the last year, officials stated.
Hired in 2018, Kimball replaced long-time Town Manager Michael Milone, who retired after nearly 20 years in the position. Prior to serving as Cheshire’s manager, Kimball was the finance director for Simsbury.
“It is notable to mention that Sean began his job in May of 2018, and under his leadership and guidance, and with the support of the Town staff, he has successfully managed tornadoes, winter storms, lengthy power outages, health and safety emergencies, and so much more,” explained Councilor Sylvia Nichols. “And if that wasn’t enough to get him settled in, we threw in a global pandemic.”
“Despite all that,” she continued, “under his stewardship we’ve grown our grand list, maintained our tax rate and our credit rating while supporting the services that we all expect. And we are embarking on school modernization, updating technology, including a new town website, and the town is growing…”
Nichols mentioned how Kimball routinely works long hours when necessary, and commended him for always keeping the Town Council abreast of all new information as it becomes available.
“...Sean is committed to the future of Cheshire, and he and his family are an integral part of our community and we look forward to many more years of his leadership,” Nichols continued.
Councilor Peter Talbot expressed his hope that the salary increase will show Kimball how much the community supports him, and how they stand behind his efforts to improve the town.
“It is my hope that this sends a clear message to Sean that we’re happy with the job that he’s doing and it’s my hope that he stays with us in the community for a long, long time,” Talbot added.
Councilor Tim Slocum mentioned that, while members on the Council are voted in and out of their positions, Kimball’s job is to remain a constant source of support for the community. Slocum called Kimball the Town’s “guiding sail” as it moves forward into the coming year.
Kimball responded to the praise, and the salary increase, by thanking the Council for being so cooperative, and expressed a personal desire to remain in his current position for a long time to come.
“Thank you to the Town Council. I say all the time that this is a team sport and I think we all make a great team…,” he said. “...Certainly the last year has been the most challenging, but I am immensely proud of the way this community is coming through, some of the successes we’ve had, and we have a lot of great things in store too.”