BERLIN — Interim Town Manager Arosha Jayawickrema is wasting no time delving into the job after his appointment last month.
Jayawickrema has been touring the town and speaking to staff.
“I'm enjoying it very much,” he said. “The staff and everyone in the town have been very warm and welcoming.”
Town Councilor Peter Rosso said he was surprised how quickly Jayawickrema is learning about the town.
“I was impressed with how well-versed he was on every subject,” he said.
Jayawickrema served as vice president of finance and administration at the University of Hartford from 2007 through 2018. His responsibilities included managing financial operations and overseeing human resources, payroll, campus safety and information technology.
Jayawickrema would like to find ways of reducing the amount of time town employees spend on paperwork.
“I want to see if there are ways I can introduce efficiencies,” he said. “Because the people I’ve met so far are very talented … and just by design all federal, state and local governments have inner rules and regulations and charters that probably take a little bit more time to get done. Perhaps there are better ways we (can) do that and still have oversight.”
Mayor Mark Kaczynski said Jayawickrema’s personable approach gave him the edge during the interview process. The council unanimously approved his appointment.
“He’s very easy to talk to. I think that’s one of the most important things,” Kaczynski said.
Kaczynski anticipates the council will begin discussing the hiring of a permanent town manager in September, a process he said will likely take months.
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