After nearly 30 years of dedicated service, Cheshire Economic Developer Coordinator Jerry Sitko has retired. The Town is now beginning the search to fill what is considered to be one of the most vital roles in Cheshire’s town government.
In early June, Sitko announced his retirement from the position prompting Town Manager Sean Kimball to begin the search for his replacement.
“We just finished up the first round of interviews last week and will continue to work through the process this week,” he added. Kimball did not provide a timeline as to when the position is expected to be filled.
As far as Sitko, Kimball lauded him for his years of service and dedication to Cheshire.
“(Jerry) has been such an incredible asset to our town,” said Kimball. “He has worked closely with businesses of all sizes to come to Cheshire. For those who were already here, he has helped them grow, expand, and succeed right here in town...He is a one-of-a-kind and will be very difficult to replace, but we wish him the all the best in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service in the community.”
Cheshire Chamber of Commerce President Yetta Augur worked closely with Sitko to try and both build the town’s business community as well as address concerns of those establishments already here. During that time, the two developed a close relationship.
“The Town is so lucky to have had someone like Jerry to support it for all these years,” she said. “During the pandemic, he and I were able to work together. There were times where we literally talked every day, probably twice a day,” she added.
Augur has only been in her position at the Chamber for a few years — she was hired in late 2015 — and she credits Sitko’s constant guidance as having been invaluable to her as she navigated the early months in her new job.
“I mean, he just knows everyone,” she said. “You have no idea how valuable that is when you are just starting. We are just so lucky to have had him for so long.”
Serving in his role for approximately three decades, Sitko has helped recruit numerous businesses to the area. He is credited for helping the town attract new establishments during the pandemic, including up to three new breweries, Starbucks, which is currently under construction, and some smaller retail shops.
Sitko declined to comment for the story.