“We’re in a better place now than when he first arrived.”
There may be no better praise in assessing individual performance. The observation was made by Chris Palmieri, at the time the Southington Town Council’s minority leader (and today the council chairman).
He was talking about Town Manager Garry Brumback, who is leaving the post after seven years to take a similar position in Florida. “Garry’s done a wonderful job for the town,” said Palmieri.
Yes, he has. It has been remarkable service, and the town has been showing its gratitude in the days before the official retirement come January.
Consider that Brumback is just the second town manager Southington has ever had. Consider as well that he took over from a legend. Southington’s municipal center is named for John Weichsel, who died in 2013 and who upon his retirement had served 44 years on the job.
Brumback was chosen to replace Weichsel after a nationwide search. He’d worked in Baytown, Texas, as a town manager, and as an assistant city manager in Clearwater, Florida. It was a desire to return to Florida to be near his father that prompted Brumback’s decision to leave Southington.
“It’s just time,” he told the Record-Journal, in August. “I’ve got family obligations.”
“Working with Southington’s amazing staff of professionals, devoted elected officials, business leaders and community members has been a true highlight of my career and I am humbled by and grateful for this opportunity,” he wrote in notifying the town of his decision.
It’s clear the admiration was reciprocal.
Brumback will be replaced by council-appointed Town Attorney Mark Sciota, and though there have been criticisms of the process that led to Sciota’s appointment there’s every reason to believe the town has been placed in good hands.
Nevertheless, Brumback will be missed. He’s earned the town’s gratitude. We wish him the best.