Candidate for Treasurer | 2021
My name is Donna Dupuis and I am a first-time candidate running for Killingworth Town Treasurer. I have had the privilege of living in Killingworth for 32 years with my husband, Joe, and our daughter, who currently lives in Windsor, CT.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Albertus Magnus College.
My professional experience is primarily 36 years with AT&T (SNET/SBC/AT&T), from which I retired. During my years with AT&T, I was in many customer related positions; Customer Service Representative, Marketing Sales, Account Manager, and also Computer Programmer. After leaving AT&T I processed payroll for a company in Middletown for their 200 employees located in three states. It was critical to accurately verify, prior to submission, hours worked, time off, medical coverage, along with any aspect affecting an employee’s pay. An accounting of all payroll and expenses then had to be reconciled and reported to the CFO.
I currently cover various departments at Killingworth Town Hall when required for vacations, illnesses, etc.
I have been a Volunteer District Coordinator and Instructor for the past six years with the AARP Driver Safety program and volunteer at Ivoryton Playhouse as usher, I am an Associate member with the Killingworth Historical Society.
When the opportunity to run for Killingworth Town Treasurer was presented to me, I first ensured I had the qualifications needed to perform the duties. I believe my previous experience has prepared me well to serve Killingworth and its residents as Town Treasurer. I will work hard to provide the service each resident has a right to expect from their elected officials.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am running for a second term for Killingworth Town Treasurer. I have had the privilege of living in Killingworth for 34 years with my husband, Joe, and our daughter, who currently lives in Windsor. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.
During a 36-year career with AT&T, I held progressively responsible positions in Customer Service, Marketing, and Computer Programming. Following my time with AT&T, I processed a bi-weekly payroll for more than 200 employees spread over three states for a company based in Middletown. My work required the accurate and timely reporting of hours worked, paid time off, gross earnings, and withholdings. I provided a full reconciliation of expenses to the company’s CFO. Today, I routinely help at the Killingworth town hall as “office floater” covering for vacations in the Selectmen, Assessor, Tax Collector and Land Use offices. I have a strong understanding of the flow of information and revenue between the various areas of town government.
I have been a Volunteer District Coordinator and Instructor for the past eight years with the AARP Driver Safety program, a volunteer usher at Ivoryton Playhouse, and I am an associate member of Killingworth Historical Society’s Board of Directors
Why are you running for the position?
I enjoy keeping busy and always welcome an opportunity to learn. Over the past two years I have learned a great deal as Treasurer and there is still more to become familiar with. With two years behind me along with my previous experience, I believe I am well positioned to continue to serve the residents of Killingworth, and I will work hard to provide the service all residents have a right to expect from their elected officials.
What do you see as the important issues facing Killingworth and how would you address them in your role?
As a resident, I remain concerned about the immediate and long-term impact of the pandemic on our quality of life, educational system and the health and welfare of our residents. We continue to navigate through uncharted waters. I believe that continuing education regarding the virus, responsible personal conduct and consideration for those around us will help to see us through. The town will receive over $1.8 million from the American Rescue Plan Act over the next two years and as a resident I hope that these funds will be spent wisely.
As treasurer, I will focus on the responsibilities of the position, paying particular attention to the growing cyber security threats. While our town government has state-of-the-art protections in place, the environment and threats are changing daily. I will encourage on-going reviews of our protections and on-going training for our personnel so that we don’t become complacent and let our guard down.
What are the key things you love about this town and its people?
We have lived in Killingworth for 34 years. This is a town where people help people, there are incredibly dedicated volunteers keeping our fire department and ambulance services available to all residents, and we have maintained a small-town atmosphere while providing top-notch education for our children. We truly cannot imagine living anywhere else.