Ann Harter retires as Newington finance director

Published on Thursday, 14 September 2017 19:47
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - The town’s big bag of money changed hands this week.

Longtime Newington Finance Director Ann Harter retired as the Town Council welcomed new hire Janet Murphy at its meeting Tuesday night.

“Newington has been my workplace for 27 years, and also the place where I chose to purchase a home and raise our children,” Harter said, accepting a proclamation for her service from councilors. “I’ve been truly blessed to experience all the wonderful services Newington has. I’m very happy to pass on the torch and extend my congratulations to Janet Murphy.”

Councilors expressed their gratitude to Harter for shedding light on complicated financial matters over the years, especially during past budget seasons.

“You are strangely always available at all times and odd hours and I so appreciate that from you,” Beth DelBuono said. “You handle things in an amazingly calm way even when the rest of us aren’t so calm.”

Having spent 35 years teaching English before retiring, Dave Nagel noted that numbers weren’t his strong suit and that he appreciated Harter’s guidance.

“You’ve made figures and budgets understandable.”

Harter credited a lot of her success to past and present elected officials and town employees, as well as her husband.

“The fact that Newington is in a strong fiscal position is a result of your great work,” Gail Budrejko pointed out.

Murphy earned her business degree at Bentley College and her CPA at Central Connecticut State University.

Prior to coming to Newington she was the finance director in the town of Clinton. Previously she worked for the town of Cromwell as assistant finance director and as a financial analyst for the Hartford Insurance Company.

“I’m really thrilled to be here,” Murphy said Tuesday night after her official introduction to the council. “Bear with me as I test the waters with everything I’m going to be doing. I do have some huge shoes to fill.”

Everyone has the right to their own pair, Carol Anest assured her.

“You’re going to make your own shoes. Find your own fit.”

Town Manager Tanya Lane was enthusiastic to bring Murphy to the table.

“I think and I hope all of my staff will agree she will make an excellent addition to our team,” Lane said.

Mayor Roy Zartarian playfully offered Murphy her first council assignment.

“Keep good watch over the sacks of money in our offices,” he said.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

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