Borough hires new controller


NAUGATUCK — The borough has a new controller and some familiar faces in new positions.

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses this month hired Allyson Bruce as the borough’s next controller. The board approved a four-year contract for Bruce that runs from Sept. 5, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2021.

Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess said Bruce was “extremely qualified” for the position and has worked as the controller for the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

“We are very happy to have her on board,” Hess said. “It seemed like a really good fit for her and the town.”

Under the contract, Bruce will be paid $115,000 in her first year. After the first year her salary may be adjusted, subject to the approval of the borough through the non-union salary review process, the contract states.

Under the contract, Bruce will be offered a high deductible health plan with a $2,000/$4,000 annual deductible and a defined contribution pension plan.

When she starts, Bruce will be replacing Robert Butler as controller.

Butler, who has served as the borough’s controller for the past four years, will become the borough’s purchasing and financial analyst, a position that was created earlier this year.

The position will oversee borough purchasing matters, Board of Education construction projects, pension reviews, risk assessment management, grand list growth and events at the Naugatuck Event Center.

Butler’s contract started on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2020. His salary is $90,000 in the first year.

Butler will be offered a high deductible health plan with a $1,500/$3000 annual deductible until Dec. 31 and a $2,000/$4,000 annual deductible from Jan. 1, 2018 onward. He is also eligible for a defined contribution pension plan.

According to Hess, Butler is working both positions until Bruce starts in September.

In June, the Board of Education appointed Bernice Rizk as its business manager, a position that had previously been held by Butler.

The potions of controller and business manager were shared between the borough and Board of Education for several years starting in 2009. Last year, Butler was out on extended medical leave and Rizk, who was the assistant business manager at the time, stepped up to fill the position.