Wilton First Selectman William Brennan officially announced his retirement at the Board of Selectman meeting Monday evening, June 15.
Brennan’s retirement will be effective Nov. 30, at the completion of his fourth term as first selectman. He has served for 10 years.
“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Wilton,” said Brennan, “and I have a full agenda for the next five months, I can assure you,” he added lightheartedly.
“I believe it is timely to retire and hopefully this will be my third and last retirement. I am truly retiring; that’s it; so is my wife! I’ve been working since I was 12, so, I’m ready to retire,” he joked.
Selectman Michael Kaelin’s took the opportunity to reflect on Brennan’s career.
“Well I wasn’t gonna say anything until you announced your retirement there, and I’m just reminding you that I was on your original campaign committee,” he said with a laugh. “I think it was 10 years ago, and I remember Bill saying he was gonna serve one, maybe two terms, and we’re very fortunate that you didn’t stop at two terms; I think you’ve done a fabulous job as first selectman.”
“Thanks Mike,” Brennan replied.
Prior to being elected first selectman in 2005, Brennan served on the Board of Finance, Board of Assessment Appeals, and several other town committees.
He worked for American National Can Company from 1962 to 1996, working his way up to vice president, international, and from 1996 to 1999 was an international management consultant in plastics packaging.