‘Old Lyme Deserves a Town Treasurer That is Not Asleep at the Wheel’


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To the Editor:

As a recently retired CFO with over 45 years of financial oversight experience, I have learned the qualities needed to be a successful financial leader. I am writing this letter to the voters in Old Lyme to strongly urge you to elect Matt Ward (U) as our Town Treasurer on November 7th.

Matt has all the right in-depth financial expertise and experience to serve Old Lyme in this important role.  Matt previously served as Assistant Accounts Manager for the Town of Deep River.  He has served as the Second Selectman of Old Lyme since 2021.  So Matt is very familiar with the town budget process and financial issues for Old Lyme.  Matt helped resolve financial issues with the finance director as our Second Selectman.

Prior to his Selectman role in the Old Lyme Town Hall, Matt had a 20 year career as a Connecticut State Trooper and later a part-time police officer for the Town of Old Lyme.  Matt has a B.A. in Accounting from Bryant College and is currently a Staff Accountant at a local firm in Essex.

Matt has lived in Old Lyme for 17 years and his five children are enrolled in the Region 18 school system.  Matt is a dedicated volunteer to our town including Lyme-Old Lyme Little League, the LYSB, and has served on Board of Directors for LYSB and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

Matt Ward has consistently shown himself to be a competent and reliable public servant.  He doesn’t miss meetings and is always prepared.

In contrast, Matt’s opponent, Mr. Michael Reiter (the current Town Treasurer), has been missing in action (MIA) over the course of his past term.  In checking with the Board of Finance members, Mr. Reiter has rarely, if ever, attended the Board of Finance meetings.  In addition, Mr. Reiter has been remiss in reporting regularly and timely to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance to whom he reports.

Old Lyme deserves a Town Treasurer that is not asleep at the wheel.

Vote for Matt Ward (U) for Town Treasurer because he will get the job done properly and responsibly.

John Flick
Old Lyme, CT