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.
Mark J. Sciota was hired as the Town Manager on December 11, 2017. Before becoming town manager Sciota served as town attorney and had been deputy town manager for 10 years.
Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is Bristol’s first female Mayor. Elected November 7, 2017, Mayor Zoppo-Sassu has been involved in Bristol politics most of her life and has dedicated herself to making Bristol a great place to live and work. Before becoming Mayor of Bristol, Zappo-Sassu held a seat on the Bristol City Council.
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.