Gerard Monaghan, New Milford First
-Office sought: Planning Commission.
-Spouse: Eileen P. Monaghan.
-Occupation: Retired president of an international trade association for 25 years; U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel (retired) for 28 years.
-Education: Graduated from St. Augustine Diocesan High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in journalism and the University of Connecticut with an M.A. in political science (state and local government). Completed post-graduate work in public relations and marketing at the University of South Carolina and took the National Defense University's national security management course and the Army's advanced public affairs course.
-Political and community experience: He is a co-founder and community liaison of New Milford First, a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, having held various positions, and a board member and current co-president of the Merryall Center for the Arts. He is a past eight-year member of the New Milford Planning Commission, having served as chairman for five years, as well as past communications director for Peitler for Mayor, a past member of the National Heart Museum Committee and the Route 7 Technical Advisory Committee (7-TAC), having worked with the state on the Route 7 design, a past member of the Mass Communications Advisory Committee at St. Bonaventure University and the Parents' Advisory Council at Roger Williams University, and past co-chair of the 50th anniversary at Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure University.
-Three most important issues facing our town related to the office being sought and proposed solutions:
1) Reactive, rather than planned government: The town's Plan of Conservation and Development is more than two years late. When the number of subdivision applications declined this year, the Planning Commission reduced the number of meetings, rather than devoting its efforts to the POCD and subdivision regulation revisions. It needs to lead the town in planning, not just be a subdivision-approval panel.
2) Ethics and transparency in government: Events of the last few years beg for a state-wide ethics code with regional commissions, since local officials cannot police themselves.
3) Petty partisan politics as usual: When a town councilman votes against someone because "I personally dislike the person" or a town committee chair says "I have to take care of my people," the town's residents are not being served. We need to put the needs of all the people ahead of petty partisan politics, encouraging the best people to serve our town.