Lori Bufano is new selectman

At the Jan. 19 Board of Selectmen meeting, Republican Lori Bufano was appointed 3-1 to fill the board seat left vacant when Ken Dartley resigned in November 2015.

In addition to Bufano, who was nominated by Michael Kaelin, Democrat Deborah McFadden was also considered. She received her nomination from Dick Dubow, who voted for her.

First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice, David Clune, and Kaelin voted for Bufano. Democrat Brian Lilly presented himself as a candidate for appointment but did not receive a nomination.

“I’m very happy with my appointment,” Bufano told The Bulletin, “and I’m anxious to work with the team, to get Wilton going in the right direction.”

“I think the best years for Wilton are ahead, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Kaelin said he’s known Bufano “for as long as [he] can remember” and that she represents an important constituency in town, being single and without children.

He also welcomed her master of business administration as a designation not held by himself or any of the other selectmen currently serving.

Clune mentioned Bufano’s record of public service in his comments, pointing to her time on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals as his decider.

Vanderslice said that her vote for Bufano depended on six criteria - professional experience, finance skills, experience within municipal government, experience within this community, unique perspective, and previous election results.

In each area of consideration, Vanderslice gave Bufano the edge over McFadden, she said, reasoning by the nature of Bufano’s job, her service on land use boards, her demographic, and her 2011 vote count, the most recent election in which she and McFadden both ran uncontested races.

Bufano, who currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was recently voted its vice chairman, was endorsed by the Wilton Republican Town Committee on Jan. 12.

Now that she has been appointed to the Board of Selectmen, she will have to resign from the Planning and Zoning Commission, per the Wilton Town Charter, which forbids simultaneous service on multiple elected boards.

According to Bufano’s LinkedIn page, she is currently employed by Yale New Haven Health System, where she has worked in supply chain management as a procurement coordinator for the last five years. Before that, she logged 28 years as an account manager at Stamford-based pharmacy Cardinal Health.

Bufano graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor of arts, and from the University of New Haven with a master of business administration.

In Wilton, where she has been a resident since 1974, Bufano, in addition to her service on the Planning and Zoning Commission, also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

She ran an uncontested race to renew her term on on the commission in the 2015 municipal election, and is currently one and a half months into the new term.