At a special meeting that lasted less than a minute Monday, city councilors unanimously endorsed Mayor Art Ward’s choice to fill a vacant seat on the nine-member Board of Finance.
Paul Tonon got the nod for a four-year term to fill the seat that’s been held by Don Soucy in recent years.
Ward said that he tapped Tonon, whom he has only met a few times, on the strength of a resume the businessman sent him months ago.
Tonon is employed by Premier Logistics Service in Bristol and previously worked for IBM and Texaco. He is also the former owner of Northeast Distribution in Bristol, a shipping company.
Tonon, a Boston College graduate, is married with two children.
Ward sent an email out to the council last week telling them that he was thinking of appointing former finance commissioner Robert Dunlap to take Soucy’s place.
Dunlap, a fiscal conservative during his stint on the finance board, is Ward's former campaign treasurer.But the council reacted with skepticism so Ward opted to back Tonon instead.
The finance board, whose members are volunteers, oversees the city’s spending and borrowing.
Traditionally adverse to spending much, the panel has been more willing during recent years to back bigger budgets and more projects than in decades past.
Soucy was a champion for education spending, which has garnered more support lately than in the past, so insiders are keen to see how Tonon lines up when the votes are counted on tough issues in the months ahead.
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