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Learn about the Our Team at City of Danbury, including our Mayor, Director of Finance, and Risk Manager/Assistant Finance Director.
Joseph M. Cavo has been calling the great City of Danbury his home for the past 35 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Ridgewood, NJ, Mayor Joe relocated to Danbury in 1985 where he was hired by the City of Danbury for Equipment Maintenance. He became the Apparatus Mechanic for the Danbury Fire Department in 1988.
Mayor Joe spent many cherished years with the Danbury Fire Department. He retired in 2017 as the Superintendent of Apparatus, a position he held with the DFD since 2006. During his time with the DFD he received certification as a Master Level Emergency Technician, and was a member of both the Connecticut and New England Fire Mechanics Associations.
You’ll recognize Mayor Joe from the Danbury City Council. He was elected in 2003, and has been the President of the Council since 2006. Mayor Joe represented the Third Ward for 9 consecutive terms, and had a perfect attendance record for City Council meetings.
Mayor Joe’s proudest accomplishments on City Council include the opening of Danbury’s first dog park, and delivering seventeen years of budgets that balance the needs of education, public safety, and encourage economic growth while being ever mindful of the taxpayers ability to pay for these services.
Mayor Joe has extensive volunteer experience within the Danbury community. He has served in many roles for the Central Christian Church of Danbury, and volunteers with Americares, Habitat for Humanity, and Family & Children’s Aid. He currently serves as the Commodore of the Candlewood Vista Boat Club.
Mayor Joe is happily married to Elizabeth (Liz) who has three children: Corey & wife Charlene, Arthur, and Rebecca
David W. St. Hilaire joined the City of Danbury in July 2007 as the Director of Finance with over 20 years of experience in executive, managerial and analytical financial operations. In addition to the government sector, his diverse background spans the banking, insurance, manufacturing, and financial (Wall Street) industries.
Prior to joining the City of Danbury, he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Rensselaer County, NY (near Albany) for 12 years. He has also served as Town Supervisor for two terms for an upstate NY community of over 8,000 residents, served as an adjunct instructor for Accounting and Economics for the local community college for several years and served on the local school Board of Education, while being active in many community organizations.
Mr. St. Hilaire has advanced degrees from State University College of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta (BS – Economics), State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton (MBA – Finance), State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany (MS – Accounting and MS – Taxation) and maintains several current certifications: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Enrolled Agent (EA) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
Currently, as Director of Finance for the City of Danbury, Mr. St. Hilaire oversees the City’s financial functions consisting of the following departments: Finance, Tax Assessor, Information Technology, Purchasing, Tax Collector, and Risk Management. In this capacity, he manages a total of full-time staff of 33 people. In his current role, one of the essential functions is the development and ongoing management of the City of Danbury’s annual expense budget of $267 million, managing 53 grant programs exceeding $623 million in assets and determining the City’s grand list and mill rate for its 86,000+ citizens.
As the City enters the reopening phase of the pandemic, Mr. St. Hilaire continues to manage all finance functions and a staff of 30+ individuals, ensuring the fiscal needs of the City are met, and staff safely returns to work. He has sufficiently accounted for the financial needs of the City of Danbury and its taxpayers based on the current economic climate caused by pandemic. This continues to be accomplished while providing complete, accurate and transparent records to external audit and reporting agencies.
On a personal level, David is from upstate New York, where he has raised his family and enjoys traveling and vacationing in Maine. Due to the ongoing complexities of operating in his current role, he continues to seek smarter strategies to business solutions and continuous process improvement initiatives.
Daniel Garrick joined the City of Danbury in dual roles, both as Assistant Director of Finance and Risk Manager in February 2003. He brings a wide-ranging background including supervisory, process management, and analytical experience.
Mr. Garrick has a strong public sector background in education. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Business Manager of the New Fairfield Board of Education. Prior to 2001, Mr. Garrick was Business Manager for the Harrison Central School District in Harrison, New York.
Currently, as the Assistant Director of Finance, Mr. Garrick is involved in a variety of financial activities ranging from coordinating financial transactions to assisting with balancing the City’s annual budget. He regularly employs strategic and analytical methods to resolve complex financial matters. Furthermore, he serves a crucial role during the development of the annual budget preparation process.
In Mr. Garrick’s Risk Manager position, he is responsible for managing employee benefits, workers’ compensation, pension and Other Post-Employment Benefits for all current and former City employees. As Risk Manager, he promotes the safety and health of City employees in addition to public safety to minimize health, worker’s compensation, and liability claims. This includes coordination of safety inspections, safety committee meetings, and training sessions. Mr. Garrick also manages the procedures associated with claims processing for workers’ compensation, health, life, dental, and disability events.
Mr. Garrick attended from Western Connecticut State University, receiving his BBA in Accounting and attended Mercy College in Yorktown Heights, New York, earning his Master’s Degree in School Business Administration.