The Planning and Zoning Commission held a special meeting on Friday, July 15, to interview lifelong Wilton resident Tierney O’Hearn as a potential candidate for the vacant commission seat, following Keith Rodgerson’s announcement of resignation.

Rodgerson, a Democrat, announced his intent to resign from the commission in a June email to the first selectman's office, and the Wilton Democratic Town Committee referred O’Hearn to the commission as his replacement.

Even though it could not make an appointment because Town Clerk Lori Kaback had not yet received a formal resignation letter from Rodgerson, the planning commission decided to interview O’Hearn anyway.

At the special meeting, O’Hearn shared his educational and employment background with commissioners, which includes:


  • Doctor of law degree from Temple University School of Law.

  • Master’s degree in international law from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

  • More than three years as an attorney with the Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.

  • Three years as a litigation associate for Bigham, Englar, Jones & Houston.

  • A year and seven months as an attorney with Flynn & Blakeslee in Wilton.


In November 2002, O’Hearn established the Law Offices Of Tierney E. O'Hearn in Wilton.

O’Hearn also discussed his past community activities, including volunteer work with the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Historic District & Historic Properties Commission. He also volunteers at the annual pancake breakfast presented by the Kiwanis Club each Memorial Day.

He also “stated what he believed to be a need for balance between economic growth and community preservation,” according to the special meeting minutes.

The Planning and Zoning Commission next meets Monday, July 25, at 7:15 p.m., in Room A of the town hall annex.