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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.
Having grown up in Danbury, Mayor Esposito attended Danbury public schools and graduated from Danbury High School in 1979. Mayor Esposito was elected as City Councilman for five terms, and served as Town Clerk from 2003-2005.
In 2006, Mayor Mark D. Boughton named Mayor Esposito as the Director of Consumer Protection and Sealer of Weights. Mayor Esposito was then appointed to the position of Community Services Coordinator for the Boughton Administration, and ultimately promoted to Chief of Staff, a role he continued for current Mayor Joseph Cavo.
Mayor Esposito is proud to continue his family’s legacy of service. His grandfather Louis was president of the Hatters Union for over 30 years. Mayor Esposito’s father Donald was elected to serve as a state representative for Danbury’s 110th District.
Mayor Esposito is married to his wife Sharon of 30 years, and they have two adult children; Chloe and Chase.
Mayor Esposito focuses on preserving a superior quality of life for our residents and stakeholders through the implementation of efficient and effective municipal services.
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.