Travers to step down in Warren
As Jack Travers looks back over his years of service to the town of Warren, the longtime first selectman sees the Warren Town Hall on Cemetery Road as his crowning accomplishment.
Travers announced this week he would not run for reelection in November.
After serving five full terms as first selectman, following a partial term in the office, Travers is ready to "make way for new blood."
He first came into the seat when Luke Tanner resigned as first selectman.
"It's been a good run," said Travers, a Republican, who was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 1989.
"The people in town have been really supportive," he said. "We've got a new town hall. The community center remodeling is near completion. We added the Wasley property to our open space. We've come away without a major raise in taxes."
The town hall on Cemetery Road might well be seen as the town's crowning jewel. Built with green technology, the 14,000-square-foot building looks ahead to Warren's future.
Travers shepherded the project though a well-supported town vote and then undertook overseeing the renovation of the old town hall on Sackett Hill Road into a community center.
"I'm staying involved," Travers said Monday. "I'll be volunteering. We're trying to get our housing corporation back up and running. I'll stay involved with that."
Being able to serve once again in the town's volunteer fire department is also in Travers' plans.
"I'll have more time to spend with my wife, Connie. She retired five years ago," Travers said. "And I've got a big garden -- it's going to be even bigger."
Selectwoman Marion Smith, a Democrat, lauded Travers for his dedication to the town and tireless work ethic.
"Working with Jack is very good," Smith said. "He's been absolutely perfect to work with. He's a wonderful guy. He puts in long days. There's lots to do, even in this small town."