There are a few words that most effectively encompass the qualifications that have made Fillmore McPherson such a capable and valuable 1st Selectman. They are intelligence, integrity, leadership and experience. Fillmore’s education (MIT) provided a sound foundation for a very successful corporate career. He served our country in the Reserves as a Naval Officer, rising to the rank of Captain. He has given his time to numerous volunteer Madison Boards, Committees and Charities.
Fillmore became 1st Selectman in a Madison rife with problems. Among the items were Police Dept. scandals, lack of proper financial management (i.e. attorney fees), projects that had not progressed, future infrastructure planning to be done, restructuring of town debt for cost savings, employment negotiations, and organizational control systems to be completed and implemented. In addition, three record breaking storms wreaked havoc throughout our area. Fillmore used the experience of the 1st storm to proactively prepare for the next two, resulting in much quicker recovery times, excellent communication and the identification of and provision for needed services.
There are some who cite their primary goal for change as more communication, more discussion, better storm planning (?), “partnering with the state”, etc. “Partnering with the state”? Considering that CT is rated as one of the worst states in almost every financial measurement, we probably shouldn’t look to them for any practical solutions. As a proponent of RESULTS as the true measurement of performance, I believe we’re exceptionally fortunate to have Fillmore McPherson as our 1st Selectman. The state might do well to look to Madison as an example of capable and caring government.