This summer will mark a change for the City of Darien. Two of our most dedicated City servants will be leaving their official posts with us, although we hope they will continue to be available for support and to use the vast knowledge they have accumulated throughout the years. Change is a constant for organizations in the 21st century, and while we have developed other individuals to help fill their roles to ensure the City will still run smoothly, we will miss them dearly.
Bob Pavelchik, our Police Chief since 2002, has decided to retire. He began his career as a police officer in 1978 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1993. He also served as a field training officer, DARE instructor and detective. The minutes from his appointment as Chief of Police read, “Mayor Soldato also expressed his belief that Robert Pavelchik would bring integrity and new life into the Police Department.” Mayor Soldato’s words from this meeting proved to be prophetic, as Chief Pavelchik has done an exceptional job over the past nine years serving residents and employees through both good and difficult economic times, always looking out for the best interests of the community. In my time as Mayor his expertise proved invaluable, and he will be greatly missed.
Joanne Coleman, our Clerk since 1991, decided not to run for re-election. Clerk Coleman was in charge of elections, our meeting schedules, official documents of the City of Darien, and much more. She was a leader in moving the office into the 21st century, making documents available to the public both in hard copy and electronically on the website. The last twenty years have been exceptional in terms of giving residents easy access to their local governments, allowing them to provide input and follow the actions of their elected boards. Her leadership has guided us to be the open and honest government we are proud of being.
The last few months have been busy, with the City Council passing a budget that includes many of the exceptional programs which Darien residents expect and deserve. Many residents provided input on the decisions and process, but the passage of the budget is only the beginning of the decisions made on programming throughout the year. Residents are always encouraged to attend City Council meetings or specific committee meetings devoted to the Police, Municipal Services, and Administration. If we can be of assistance with any project or concern during the summer, please feel free to contact City Hall at
CITY OF DARIEN