Chandravir Ahuja Appointed To Finance Board Emptiness

Printed: Sep 03, 2021 06:00 AM

A t its Thursday, August 26, meeting, the Board of Finance unanimously appointed Chandravir Ahuja to the open up Republican seat vacated by Matthew Mihalcik .

The seat, which is up for election in November, was still left vacant when Mihalcik departed to fill a emptiness on the Legislative Council earlier this thirty day period. That Legislative Council seat in turn was vacated by Dan Weidemann when he moved from town in July.

“I seem ahead to mastering and to participating [as a member of the board],” stated Ahuja.

Ahuja moved to Newtown 18 a long time back. He and his wife have been married for 26 yrs and have two sons in college, the two of whom attended Newtown community universities.

He worked for 31 yrs in commodity investing, 21 many years as a senior trader with Louis Dreyfus of Bridgeport, and has labored the very last ten yrs with Kolmar Group AG as a enterprise analyst, in a strategic and analytic job.

Ahuja was a volunteer on the Fairfield Hills Master Evaluation Committee, in which he “worked difficult,” in accordance to To start with Selectman Dan Rosenthal, who appointed him to the situation.

“He did a actually great career in phrases of the recommendations that arrived out of that committee, and he was a contributing member,” said Rosenthal.

Ahuja also serves on the management council of Beacon Hill Evangelical Free of charge Church in Monroe, where by he is a parishioner. He is on the council’s finance staff and does strategic scheduling for capital strategies and mortgages. He also serves on the board of the denomination his church belongs to and is chair of its finance board.

“I have a minimal working experience serving in a monetary ability,” explained Ahuja.

There was some dilemma of regardless of whether Ahuja would be appointed, but not because of to his skills. BOF Chair Keith Alexander experienced issues that the board experienced only been despatched a single prospect from the Republican Town Committee (RTC).

“I was the chair of the Board of Instruction (BOE) for a whilst, and my most important problem was that the board experienced a possibility to determine on who was named to it,” stated Alexander. “I did not want to dictate who the board had to choose, so I desire far more than one candidate. I believed it was vital that there be a selection.”

Alexander stated to Ahuja that his wish to interview other candidates rose from worries about “autonomy of a board that struggles with autonomy from the legislative overall body.”

Alexander, a Democrat, wanted a likelihood to job interview Ahuja in govt session and perhaps interview other candidates, but Vice Chair Sandy Roussas and board member John Madzula, equally Republicans, required to appoint the RTC’s candidate quickly.

Roussas famous the shorter timeline the board was on, with only a handful of months just before the election and equally the Board of Selectmen’s and BOE’s capital improvement strategies to evaluation.

“Time is not on our facet,” explained Roussas. “If we had been at the commencing of the phrase, I’d agree.”

Roussas also famous that the appointment was not an “automatic in,” as the BOF associates would have to vote to approve the appointment.

“Expediency should be prioritized in excess of process,” mentioned Roussas. “Though we are not skirting the course of action.”

It was also noted that on a former finance board, Democrat Ned Simpson, who was nevertheless serving, was appointed devoid of an job interview method.

Madzula reported that he was in favor of going with the nomination of the RTC and that he had “full religion and trust” that both town committees know what they are undertaking and mail the ideal prospect they have for the appointment.

Rosenthal also mentioned that to the finest of his knowledge, interviewing a prospect for general public workplace was not eligible for government session. It is not allowed the very same protections as interviewing a opportunity personnel.

Ahuja mentioned that he was “fully sympathetic” to Alexander’s worries.

“It is not just about competence and character, but also chemistry,” Ahuja said.

Ahuja was not sworn in by the city clerk at the conference but was predicted to be ahead of the BOF’s subsequent meeting on Monday, September 13, so he can start to serve at that conference.

Reporter Jim Taylor can be achieved at [email protected]

Chandravir Ahuja was named to the Board of Finance at the board’s Thursday, August 26, meeting.