New town manager has worked in and outside of government 

PLAINVILLE – For the first time in nearly two decades, Plainville announced the hiring of a new town manager.

Michael Paulhus is expected to start in that role on Aug. 15. He will replace Robert Lee, who is retiring after 18 years on the job.

Most recently, Paulhus was town manager for the community of North Branford. He also has worked in the private sector, for RBC Wealth Management, and served the Town of Windham as executive administrator and first selectman.

“There are a lot of positive factors here in Plainville and it's not too far off from North Branford,” Paulhus said. “There are a lot of similarities in size, and the finances look almost identical; they look rock-solid. In these economic times, you want to know that your team and the council have a good handle on finances, which is important.”

Recently Lee and Paulhus met up and toured town buildings.

“I’ve known Mike for many years as a colleague, another town manager in Connecticut,” Lee said. “I think he certainly has the knowledge, experience, and personality to be a good town manager for the Town of Plainville.”

Paulhus has a masters degree in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut, a masters in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a bachelors in Biology from Blackburn College.



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