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The longest-serving employee at Town Hall, Recreation Director Colin Regan, has retired after 40 years.
Regan’s final day was Sept. 13. He could not be reached for comment for this story.
“People we haven't seen for years have extended their congratulations … he’s just a people person,” said Recreation Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Borio.
Borio said Regan’s legacy will be the numerous projects during his tenure.
“I was astounded when I went back to look at all the projects,” she said. “We didn’t have (Tomasso) Nature Park, we didn’t have a skate park.”
Town Manager Robert Lee said Regan was adept at coordinating numerous requests for use of facilities in town and keeping them in good shape.
“From my perspective and I think the Town Council’s perspective, our recreational facilities and our recreational programs are very top notch,” he said. “We have a lot of park facilities that he has overseen the development of, including the pool.”
Borio’s other accomplishments include the Elizabeth Berner Pool at Norton Park, which opened in 1996, and a Little League complex at Trumbull Park.
“He had everything under control and worked well with the different people from the Board of Education and the youth groups,” said Tom Warnat, chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “He was always there helping his staff.”
The town expects to fill the position in October.