Breaking news: new Winsted Town Manager hired

New Winsted Town Manager Joshua Steele Kelly.
New Winsted Town Manager Joshua Steele Kelly.

WINSTED — After several months of searching, the Board of Selectmen named Joshua Kelly as the new town manager on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Kelly’s hiring as town manager comes several months after Robert Geiger submitted his resignation in September, with his last date on the job originally scheduled for Dec. 31.
However, Geiger’s contract was extended in early January by six more months due to the ongoing search.
Geiger, a long-time Barkhamsted resident, first-served as interim town manager for Winsted after Dale Martin resigned in November 2015.
He was named as the permanent town manager by the board in February 2016.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Kelly grew up in Waterford and has served as the Town Administrator for Bolton since August 2019.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Ithaca College in New York in 2015, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from Wheaton College in 2017,
a Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management from the University of Connecticut in 2019, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 2019.
He has served as a campaign consultant for Democratic State House of Representatives candidate Jason Adler in 2018, and a campaign manager for both Democratic State House of Representatives candidate Baird Welch-Collins and Green Party House of Representatives Candidate Mirna Martinez in 2019.
During his time in municipal government in Waterford, from January 2016 to this January, Kelly served in several roles, including conservation commissioner, long-range fiscal planning committee member, and a chair on the town’s legislation and administration committee.
During his time in municipal government in Windsor from 2018 to 2019, Kelly served as a Graduate Assistant in the town manager’s office.
According to a press release issued by Mayor Candy Perez, Kelly’s start date is tentatively in April to honor his 60-day contract clause with Bolton.
“The terms of Mr. Kelly’s employment as Town Manager follows the current town manager’s contract: a salary of $120,000; three weeks’ vacation; contribution to his 401K; and the same healthcare benefits as received by other municipal employees,” Mayor Perez wrote in her press release.
During the virtual selectmen’s meeting where Kelly was announced as the new town manager, he expressed his enthusiasm for his new role.
“One of the first interactions I had moving forward in this selection process was with Bob,” Kelly said. “Bob told me he wasn’t going to be able to make the interview he had with you all. It was an incredibly personal touch. He looked over all of the materials that I sent and went a step further than that. I think that speaks to a personal connection that I feel that I have been able to make, not just with each of you in a quick and short amount of time, but that I have felt with every person I have had a chance to meet in your community. I am very optimistic about Winchester’s future, my future here, and our collective ability to make sure that we can do right by our citizens of the town. I want to make sure that we are on a vibrant and positive path forward.”