South Windsor Town Manager Matthew B. Galligan was elected Tuesday as the new president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Galligan, who has been town manager since 1996, will succeed Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch as president when the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Galligan had been first vice president for CCM, a post normally given to the official considered next in line to lead the chief lobbying agency for cities and towns. Each CCM president traditionally serves one year.

Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton, who is running for governor, was elected first vice president, putting him in position to succeed Galligan one year from now – should Boughton still be Danbury’s mayor then.

Other CCM officers elected for the new fiscal year include:

  • Portland First Selectwoman Susan S. Bransfield, second vice president.
  • Preston First Selectman Robert M.Congdon, treasurer.
  • Coventry Town Manager John A. Elsesser, secretary.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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