Brumback Continues to Expand Reach With New Role

The town manager, just a year in, continues to find new ways to help improve services and quality of life in Southington as shown by his latest appointment to a regional board.

Garry Brumback is a hands-on kind of guy. He encourages teamwork and collaborative efforts, shares ideas and listens to those working alongside him.

That’s what made him a natural fit to serve as an executive committee member for the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility Operating Committee, the regional organization responsible for the safe and cost-effective disposal of municipal solid waste in 14 area towns, according to Bristol Mayor Arthur Ward.

“Garry is a unique individual, always full of energy and full of ideas,” said Ward, who serves as president of the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility Operating Committee. “More important though is he is open to listening and evaluating information and really listening to the ideas of others. He maintains his own characteristics but gets others involved.”

The Bristol Resource Recovery Facility serves fourteen area municipalities including Berlin, Branford, Bristol, Burlington, Hartland, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Seymour, Southington, Warren, Washington and Wolcott.

Ward said he has been impressed by Brumback’s enthusiasm, noting that he entered right away with great ideas and he looks forward to working alongside him.

Brumback is essentially filling the shoes of John Weichsel, former Southington town manager and one of the founding members of the operating committee. Brumback said he is proud to be given the honor of following in Wechsel’s footsteps.

“This is a great opportunity for Southington to have direct representation and direct input in the process,” Brumback said. “My job not to be a pioneer but rather to sustain what those before me have already put into place.”

The board provides oversight for operations and although there is work to be done, Brumback said it is not a huge time commitment and would not affect any of this other tasks as town manager.

“It’s only once a month, on average, and the benefits far outweigh time commitments,” he said.


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