Stamford Mayor-elect Caroline Simmons taps Bridget Fox, Patricia Billie Miller, Kathleen Silard to head transition team

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STAMFORD — Mayor-elect Caroline Simmons rolled out the names of the leaders of her transition team Thursday with about four weeks until she takes office.

The executive director of the team is Bridget Fox, who is the president of Stamford Cradle to Career, an initiative supported by United Way of Western Connecticut, and who previously worked in the offices of Dannel P. Malloy and Michael Pavia when each was mayor.

Simmons named state Sen. Patricia Billie Miller, a Democrat who represents parts of Stamford and Darien in Hartford, and Kathleen Silard, the president and CEO of Stamford Health, as co-chairs of the team.

Simmons met with Mayor David Martin and his chief of staff, Michael Pollard, on Thursday.

“I’m looking forward to working with them and their team over the coming weeks … meeting with all of our city department heads, doing everything we can to put the best and brightest team and cabinet together as quickly as possible and also doing everything we can to ensure a seamless and smooth transition and looking at ways where we can improve our city government to better deliver services for the people of Stamford,” Simmons said in an interview.

She said she also plans to release the names of members of a number of policy committees in the coming days.

“We’re going to look in depth at issues facing our city and help get input from the public on our first 100 days and first term in office,” Simmons said.

Simmons defeated unaffiliated candidate and former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine in Tuesday’s mayoral election. She will be sworn in Dec. 1.

Simmons currently represents several neighborhoods in the middle of the city as a state representative. She is expected to submit a letter stepping down as soon as this week. Gov. Ned Lamont will have to issue a writ of special election within 10 days of her seat becoming vacant, per state law. A special election must take place 46 days after the governor issues the writ.

“I don’t have a particular person or preference in mind,” Simmons said about her replacement, “but just someone who’s devoted to our community, who’s going to continue to serve the people of that wonderful district. It’s bittersweet to be leaving them in the state rep. role, but I want to continue to be a champion for the people of that district and everyone in our city as mayor.”

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