PLAINVILLE â€“ Plainvilleâ€™s new town manager, Michael Paulhus, was officially sworn in Monday and spent the week learning as much as possible about ongoing town projects.
Paulhus, who succeeds Robert Lee met several times with Lee as well as other town leaders during the transition process. The former Town Manager of North Branford, Paulhus was selected for the role in June following an extensive search.
â€śMy first week has been going well; I received a very warm welcome,â€ť said Paulhus. â€śIâ€™m very happy to be here.â€ť
Paulhus said that he has been â€śgetting up to speedâ€ť on several town projects, including the sale of the former White Oak construction property, upgrades to Robertson Airport and the townâ€™s planned uses of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding.
Paulhus has also been involved in the townâ€™s search for a new Assistant Town Manager, following the retirement of Shirley Osle in 2020.
â€śWeâ€™re down to two finalists and we should be making a decision next week,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m looking forward to bringing them on-board.â€ť
Paulhus will also be meeting next week with the Department of Transportation to discuss ongoing efforts to close to so called â€śPlainville Gapâ€ť in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, planning a route through town.
â€śOverall, I think itâ€™s a great quality of life amenity for the town,â€ť he said. â€śI will be going out next week, walking the route, looking at maps and really diving in.â€ť
Paulhus will also be having an Open House meet and greet at Plainville Public Library, located at 56 E. Main St., on Sept. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
â€śThis will be a chance for me to introduce myself to the community,â€ť he said.
Paulhus had been the town manager of North Branford since 2013. His experience also includes private sector work at RBC Wealth Management and serving as the executive administrator and then first selectman in Windham.
Paulhusâ€™s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Blackburn College.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.