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Norwalk's Hamilton Up For New Role As Chief Financial Officer For Schools

Norwalk's finance director, Tom Hamilton, left, has been tapped as the city school district's chief financial officer. The Board of Education is expected to vote on his appointment Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Norwalk's finance director, Tom Hamilton, left, has been tapped as the city school district's chief financial officer. The Board of Education is expected to vote on his appointment Tuesday, Sept. 1. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk’s finance director, Tom Hamilton, has been tapped for a new role as the city’s schools’ chief financial officer, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.

The Norwalk Board of Education is scheduled to formally vote Tuesday, Sept. 1, on Hamilton’s appointment, Rilling said Friday, Aug. 28.

The mayor also announced that he would appoint Bob Barron, the city’s director of management and budgets since 2010, as acting financial director.

“Bob’s experience in the city’s finance department will ensure a seamless transition as Tom takes on his new responsibilities,” Rilling said.

Hamilton’s pending new job “recognizes the critical role our school system plays in the overall well-being of our city,” Rilling said.

Rilling credited Hamilton with helping to guide the city through its financial crisis in 2008. As finance director, Hamilton also helped Norwalk maintain its top bond rating and managed the implementation of three citywide property revaluations, Rilling said.

“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,” the mayor added.

Hamilton is a former director of administration for Stamford and a former director of finance for West Haven. He was also Norwalk’s director of management and budget from 1986 to 1992.

Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Friday that 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.”

Additional details on the transition, including a start date for Hamilton’s new role, will be finalized after the Board of Education meeting, Rilling said. 

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