January 25, 2020

Meriden Man Hired as Essex Zoning Enforcement Officer

ESSEX— After two attempts over six months, the town has a new zoning enforcement officer on the job. Joseph Budrow began working as the town’s full-time zoning and inland-wetlands enforcement officer Monday.

Budrow, who was recommended by a search committee that included members of the zoning and inland-wetlands panels and Selectman Joel Marzi, was offered the job by the board of selectmen after an interview/meeting on Oct. 20.

Budrow replaces Marian Staye, who had held the job for nearly eight years before departing in May. Staye has been working part-time in the enforcement positions during the succeeding months.

Budrow is the second candidate to be offered by job over the past six months. In late July, the board of selectmen offered the position to Robert Flanagan, a Thomaston resident who had been working as zoning enforcement officer in Redding. Flanagan decided not to accept the job, forcing the town to seek a second round of applications for the position. A total of 13 individuals submitted applications by a late August deadline.

Budrow, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and planning from Central Connecticut State University, had worked since July 2008 as the part-time zoning and wetlands enforcement officer in Haddam. He worked from July 2007 to June 2009 as the part-time zoning and wetlands enforcement officer in Portland, and last April began working part-time in the two enforcement positions for the town of Burlington.

First Selectman Phil Miller said Budrow has obtained valuable experience working with the public on zoning issues over the past three years. “We believe he’ll do good work for us,” Miller said.

Budrow will work 30 hours per week and serve as the professional staff for the zoning commission and the inland-wetlands commission.

Charles Stannard is a lifelong resident of Essex, and has covered various Middlesex County towns for two daily newspapers over the past 30 years.  He worked for the Middletown Press from 1979 to 1995 and the Hartford Courant from 1997 through last summer, and covered Chester, Deep River, Essex and Killingworth for the past decade.  Charlie lives in the Ivoryton section of Essex.