The overall mission for the Finance Division is to ensure that the City continues to meet its budgetary and operational goals/objectives in the most cost efficient and effective manner. Our goal is to keep tax rates as low and affordable as possible, so we strive for continuous improvement and seek out efficiencies wherever possible. Accordingly, the Director of Finance has been spearheading several multi-year projects to upgrade the technical infrastructure and software systems throughout the City government and to implement new work-flow improvement processes. Even though there is still much to be done, savings have already been realized from the efficiencies created from the new processes implemented with the new systems.
The Department of Finance has multiple divisions operating in harmony with each other and the other city departments and is the hub of all financial activity for the City of Danbury. Each division has a common goal to deliver high quality services to the public, employees, retirees, vendors, other departments and to city agencies in the most cost effective manner.
The Finance Department is responsible for safeguarding the City’s assets by accounting for all financial transactions and periodically reporting the financial condition of the City. The Director of Finance strives to maintain tax rates at reasonable levels without adversely impacting the quality of City services by employing best practices related to debt, cash, and financial management.
Mark D. Boughton, a Danbury native, is currently serving his ninth consecutive term in office, making him the longest serving Mayor in Danbury’s history.
Mayor Boughton’s vision is to keep the Danbury community thriving through innovation, community engagement, and economic development. Since taking office, he has focused on strengthening Danbury’s schools, revitalizing downtown, enhancing infrastructure, improving quality-of-life issues, working closely with our seniors, and expanding citizens’ access to government.
Throughout the Mayor’s tenure, Danbury has seen exponentially low rates of unemployment and of crime. And in recent, Danbury was ranked the best city in Connecticut to start a business.
Mayor Boughton’s “People Over Politics” philosophy has evolved into a bi-partisan form of governing that has been the center of Danbury’s work for the community it serves.
David W. St. Hilaire
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 $257 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.
On a personal level, David is from upstate New York, where he has raised his family and enjoys vacationing in Maine. In his spare time, his interests include process improvement initiatives. Due to the ongoing complexities of operating in his current role, he continues to seek smarter strategies to business solutions.
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.