On Sunday, Nov. 14, elected officials in Middlefield were sworn in. About 60 people attended the ceremony in the Middlefield Community Center.
Town Clerk Donna Golub introduced and administered the Oath of Office to Middlefield officials, including Robert Yamartino (Selectman), Carol Bufithis (Selectwoman), Anne Olszewski (Tax Collector), Taryn Ruffino (Treasurer), David Lowry, Melissa Kowal and Kevin Boyle (Board of Finance), and Nancy Currlin and Barbara Nadeau (Board of Assessment Appeals).
First Selectman Ed Bailey was unable to attend.
Yamartino welcomed special guests, including state Rep. Michael Quinn, former First Selectman Jon Brayshaw and The Rev. Eva Cudmore, who gave an opening prayer recognizing the honor of serving the public and the special vision that is required to do so.
Thinking back on the 2019 swearing-in ceremony, Yamartino told those gathered at the Community Center, “We did not anticipate that four months later our town and the entire world would awake to the realities of a global pandemic … These elected officials, and the town employees, were faced with challenges of the continued operation of our government while protecting the health and safety of themselves and the citizens … Operations were changed — virtually overnight — to accommodate the crisis.”
Yamartino went on to highlight the school system’s response to the pandemic.
“The Regional School District 13 Board of Education started meeting on a weekly basis,” he said. “The schools are the one place in town where on a daily basis we gather members of many households together and where the transmission risk to the community was greatest.”
“Collectively, we all navigated the ever-changing reports, recommendations and mandates from various government agencies, directives that often times directly contradicted each other. Decisions were made that directly impacted the lives and livelihood of our citizens and businesses and the education of our student population.”
Yamartino closed by saying, “we celebrate those who have stepped forward to serve.”