Board of Education Appoints Resident of Watertown as New Member

Brian Flaherty

WATERTOWN — The Watertown Board of Education unanimously appointed Brian Flaherty to fill the vacancy on the Board left by the passing of Thomas A. Lambert on Monday, November 9.

Mr. Flaherty is a lifelong resident of Watertown and is executive vice president at Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations, Inc., in Hartford.

His professional career includes stints as the head of public policy at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and 12 years running the national public affairs operation for Nestlé Waters North America, the nation’s largest bottled water company.

Mr. Flaherty was elected to eight terms as state representative from the 68th District, representing Watertown, Oakville, Middlebury and Woodbury from 1989 to 2003 and serving as Deputy House Minority Leader and the ranking Republican on the Education Committee.

He is a past assistant scoutmaster of Oakville’s Troop 140, serves as treasurer of the Watertown Library Association and is a trustee of the Watertown Foundation. 

He graduated from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury and earned his bachelor of arts degree in politics and communication at Fairfield University. He and his wife Melanie have three children.

Chairwoman Leslie Crotty welcomed Mr. Flaherty to the Board of Education and stated that “he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight that will compliment our membership and serve our students well.” 

Board Vice Chairwoman Janelle Wilk expressed her appreciation for his “willingness to serve our community at such a critical time in education.”

Brian Flaherty’s appointment to the Board of Education expires on November 8, 2021.

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