Since its founding in 1980, our board has expanded from a handful of community members to 16 towns in our geographic area, which stretches from Branford on the coast to Warren and Washington near the New York border, and as far north as Hartland on the Massachusetts border. Each member community in Bristol Facility Policy Board appoints one representative and one alternate to serve on the respective Committees.
All members and alternates serve on a voluntary basis, devote their time to meetings of the Committees and Subcommittees on behalf of their respective towns, and receive no compensation from Bristol Facility Policy Board. The Board provides active, hands-on oversight for all operations of the two organizations, including fiduciary administration of reserves and investments, establishing rates and budgets, scheduling and on-site management of waste collection events, and other functions.
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn was born, raised and educated in Wolcott. Prior to being elected mayor in November 2003, Dunn served three consecutive terms on the Town Council, the last as majority leader. His service to Wolcott also includes stints on the Democratic Town Committee, Inlands Wetland Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Pension Committee and Wolcott Safety and Health Committee, which he chaired. A lifetime member of the Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department Company #2, Dunn worked for the Wolcott Public Works Department for 16 years until he was elected mayor. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children: Brittany, Bridget and Thomas.
Garry Brumback, Town Manager of Southington, CT, was appointed on January 31, 2011. He began his career in the U. S. Army after graduating from Virginia Military Institute. His career spanned twenty years and included several staff and command positions culminating as a Battalion Commander. He retired in 1998 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Garry began his career in local government as the Strategic Planning Director for the City of Clearwater, Florida. In 2000 he was promoted to Assistant City Manager. In 2007 he was appointed City Manager of Baytown, Texas, where he served until being appointed by the Town Council to his current post. Along with a BA in Economics from VMI, Garry also has an MA in International Relations from Boston University. He is joined in Southington by his wife, Jennifer.
Mayor Cockayne, Bristol’s mayor, was born and raised in Bristol and graduated from Bristol High School in 1986. Cockayne is the President of Brokers Advanced Concepts Agency, focusing on group and individual insurance. He is a former member of Bristol Rotary Club, and has served as a councilman and been a member of multiple committees. Cockayne has volunteered as both coach and assistant coach for his son’s baseball team at McCabe Waters Little League. Cockayne is the oldest of four children, and a proud father. He enjoys spending time with son Kenny Jr, his fiancé, Brenda, and her two boys.
Denise McNair was named town manager of Berlin in November 2008 after four months of service as interim town manager and 15 years as the town’s tax collector. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and the New England School of Law, McNair spent ten years in private practice before resuming her public service career in Berlin, a career that she began as a lifeguard and continued as the assistant director of recreation between the time she completed her undergraduate studies and started law school.