Wallingford fills comptroller position — assessor, treasurer still vacant

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WALLINGFORD — Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. has appointed Timothy Sena as comptroller, filling the vacancy after five months.

Sena’s first official day was Tuesday, but he has been doing the the work of the comptroller since May, after James Bowes retired to explore other jobs in the field of finance.

Sena has been employed as deputy comptroller for 12 years. His salary is $154,841.

Sena said Thursday that working for 12 years in Wallingford, the entirety with Bowes, “prepared me for this next step in my career, and he was a great mentor.”

Dickinson said in a statement that Sena "has the skills and experience to serve our town well."

He added that Sena is "a very capable person who understands the essential duties of the comptroller's office. Seeking and steadily earning the financial trust of citizens is a required assignment for the comptroller."

The comptroller in Wallingford is the financial services head, managing the Finance, Tax Collection, Assessor and Purchasing departments, as well as the chief financial officer for the Department of Public Utilities and also serves as a member of the Pension Commission.

Sena said he already has put in the request for a new deputy comptroller.

The finance department has a total of seven vacancies within its the four divisions, including the town assessor — Shelby Jackson left in June to become Naugatuck’s tax assessor — and treasurer, a position that has been vacant for about four years.

“Staffing issues is our No. 1 issue right now,” Sena said. “We've been experiencing lots of retirements … and others that are talking about retirement, but haven't put the paperwork in...Right now that's our biggest challenge, getting back to full staff.”

Maintaining the town’s financial health — work is underway on the audit of the 2020-21 fiscal year — and dealing with the effects of COVID-19 on day to day operations are other challenges, he said.

Sena lives in Southington with wife Deanna and four children, who range in age from 12 to 17 — Anthony, Isabella, Nico and Gianna.

Sena previously worked for the public accounting firm Blum Shapiro and Co. from 1993 to 2008, according to a statement from Dickinson.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Fairfield University.

Sena is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Connecticut Society of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association of U.S. and Canada and the Government Finance Officers Association of Connecticut.

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