I whole heartedly endorse Jill Notar-Francesco for Old Saybrook Police Commission. I served with Jill as a member of the Southington Board of Education for eight years. She was a veteran when I was brand new. I saw her as a board member to emulate for a lot of reasons: her unwavering commitment to doing what was best for students, her quiet but effective leadership, her broad and deep participation in the work that resulted in a wealth of knowledge, her calm and thoughtful approach to problem solving, and her willingness to give her attention and her time whenever it was needed.
Jill served on BOE committees, town-wide committees, and at a state level through the regional council at CREC, across a range of content areas. She took on leadership roles in all capacities. Jill was highly regarded and widely respected by all who worked with her, regardless of political party, in recognition of her integrity, her work ethic, and her judicious approach to all issues on the table.
Jill interacted with students, parents, staff, townspeople, and other elected officials at both the local and state level with a quiet dignity and sincerity. People shared their successes and concerns with Jill because they knew that she cared, and if there was work to do to resolve an issue, they knew she would do it. People who were in a position to directly affect change to resolve an issue listened to Jill because they respected her opinion.
Jill’s vast experience as a BOE member will transcend to any municipal board or commission, or to any endeavor she chooses to pursue. Old Saybrook would be most fortunate to have Jill Notar-Francesco as a member of its Police Commission.