When Town Manager Matthew B. Galligan goes on vacation so does his laptop so he can communicate with staff and town council members.
When Galligan first came to town he would meet with PTOs and business groups regularly. But now with the day-to-day tasks of town manager, he has little time to meet with groups.
Galligan has asked the town council for a little help by creating two assistant town manager positions to help run the town and free up Galligan to meet with groups again and bring more economic development to town.
“The town manager does a better job than a full-time economic development coordinator,” Galligan said, “and should be out in the community more and knocking on doors and when you are doing that you are pretty successful like with Evergreen Walk.”
Galligan said the town has talented people and he has selected two town employees who would act as assistant town managers. One assistant would oversee recreation, human services, building department, public works, human resources and finance. The second assistant would help oversee the police department, information technology, emergency management, fire department and health department. The council will vote on the staffing during its December meeting.
“These two individuals would free me up to visit the business community like I used to or attend conferences … doing this whole mechanism is cheaper than going to a full-time deputy town manager with health costs and benefits. These people already work for us. They are known quantities,” Galligan said.
Mayor M. Saud Anwar said Galligan has been “very effective in economic development” and “good at getting new businesses” to come to South Windsor.
“If we have a mechanism to get you that capacity so you are not stuck in the day-to-day management, we have to help you,” he said to Galligan.
Councilwoman Janice Snyder said the new positions provide “upward mobility” for employees.
“If you don’t have movement from within, people are flying and moving and you lose some great people. We have an extremely talented staff. This is the most cost-effective solution,” she said.