PITTSFORD — The Town of Pittsford has hired a new town manager. The town’s select board announced Tuesday that Brenda Fox-Howard had accepted its offer under an initial three-year contract. Fox-Howard plans to begin work on April 4, with a two-week transition period of working with departing Town Manager John Haverstock.
Fox-Howard’s start date is somewhat flexible and dependent on the timetable for her closing on the purchase of a home in Pittsford, which is under contract, according to Haverstock.
Fox-Howard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Colorado Technical University. Following many years of work in finance within both the private and public sectors, she recently served as the Interim Town Manager for New Gloucester, Maine.
Fox-Howard has long-standing ties to New England. She currently lives in Maine and has also lived and worked in Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut. She is looking forward to returning to Vermont to begin working for the people of Pittsford.
In a written statement, Ms. Fox-Howard wrote that she was honored to be selected: “It is with a great deal of excitement and gratitude that I have accepted the position as Pittsford’s next Town Manager. I look forward to working with the selectboard, members of the town staff, town officials and the citizens of Pittsford.”
After several months of going through the hiring process, Select Board Vice Chair David Mills said the board was encouraged by the selection process and Fox-Howard’s acceptance. “I am looking forward to working with Brenda,” Mills said. “She will bring ‘fresh eyes’ to the position and we hope that she is able to bring some vitality and economic development to the town.”
Fox-Howard had previously worked as director of finance in several towns, including Peterborough, New Hampshire, Putnam, Connecticut, and Winchester, Connecticut. According to an interview in the Lakes Region Weekly in Maine, her prior work experience also included working as a materials analyst at several companies in Connecticut: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford, and Dow Chemical in Gales Ferry, where she was also a rail fleet manager.
According to her Linkedin page, she was a financial manager III for the state of Vermont from 2012-2014.