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Darien Selectmen Appoint New Finance Director

Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced the town has hired Jennifer Charneski as its director of finance.
Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced the town has hired Jennifer Charneski as its director of finance. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Board of Selectmen has appointed Jennifer Charneski to the position of director of finance, effective Dec. 7, bringing with her 13 years of local government finance experience.

“My approach to municipal finance is to combine historical experience with best practices and emerging trends in order to minimize tax increases while maintaining service levels and improving town finances,” Charneski said. "I'm eager to play a role in Darien’s financial future and looks forward to the opportunity to become a part of the Darien town government team."

According to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Charneski was the unanimous choice of the board: "We believe that her education, experience, attitude and unique skills will be an asset to the Town of Darien."

Currently, Charneski serves as budget director/comptroller for the Town of New Canaan. Her primary focus for the last three years has been to work with the CFO to redesign staffing and operations of the finance department.

In addition, she has worked to continuously improve the budget process and maintain the Town of New Canaan’s Aaa credit rating.

Charneski also worked in Hamden, where she developed and administered the operating and capital budgets, guided the administration through the authorization of $36 million for the construction of a new police headquarters and renovation of the historic Memorial Town Hall.

Before moving to Connecticut, Charneski was a member of the Office of Management and Budget’s internal consulting team in Broward County, Florida. As a lead analyst for the team, she was able to utilize her analytical skills to conduct process improvement studies.

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