To the Editor:
As an unaffiliated voter who has lived here for three decades, I’m supporting Bill Gerber for First Selectman.
Bill is more than qualified for this job— particularly in the financial oversight and fiduciary management that our town (with a $360 million budget) desperately needs. A 30-year veteran of financial services, Bill has managed finance, audit, tax, and consulting divisions for KPMG, Arthur Andersen, Barclays, and Aetna. He has an MBA in Finance and an MS in Accounting from the Stern School at New York University and a CPA.
Recent events—including misuse of town credit cards —indicate that Fairfield does not have the processes, practices, and financial controls necessary for the smooth and efficient running of government. Bill has the temperament and the expertise to effect this change. He is patient; willing to listen to differing opinions; and capable of incorporating new perspectives. Bill was the only Democrat to cross party lines to support the First Selectwoman’s voluntary retirement program proposal back in early 2020. For him, it wasn’t about politics, but instead what was best for our town.
Bill and his wife, Jessica, are 27-year Fairfield residents. Following the loss of their son, Teddy, to cancer, Bill and Jessica both stepped up to serve the community that supported their family throughout that time. Jessica will finish 12 years on the Board of Education this fall, and Bill is now in his 10th year on the RTM.
Bill is perfectly suited for the job of First Selectman. He is intelligent, patient, and collaborative. I understand why Bill was chosen captain of both his high school and college football teams: he invests his time and energy to make others succeed. This is who we need leading Fairfield, now more than ever. Please join me in voting for Bill Gerber and Christine Vitale on November 7th.