Friday, May 11, 2007
After three years and ushering the town through a contentious revaluation process, Assessor Bill Gaffney is leaving Westport.
Westport Assessor William Gaffney (r) meets with the Revaluation Working Group shortly after his hiring in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
Gaffney’s last day is today and will be leaving to take a position with Waterbury-based Total Valuation, a private assessment firm.
He came to Westport after town officials nixed an attempted revaluation after discovering there was a large backlog of building permits that were never assessed. The town lost its assessor and deputy assessor over the course of six months.
Having put the office back in order and completed the revaluation, Gaffney said he felt good for all that he has accomplished in his three years in Westport.
“It feels good to be able to do what I was hired by (former First Selectwoman Diane Farrell) to do,” he said.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Gaffney came to town at a tough time and performed admirably.
“This is one of the most difficult towns to do assessments,” he said.
Town officials are advertising to fill the position and have completed some interviews, Joseloff said.
They hope to have a new assessor soon, he said, but there may be issues of timing.
There may be a time the town is without an assessor, he said, but the staff in the assessor’s department is good and it makes things easier.
Posted 05/11/07 at 07:17 PM
Can we assume Bill Gaffney will look to provide assessment services from his new company on the next reval (not that Vision appraisal did such a great job. How come the Fairfield database includes pictures and Westport does not?)?
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