Introducing Your Board of Finance Members ...

Joe Kearney

Did you know?...
  • Joe has traveled to numerous foreign countries and most of the United States in his position as SVP Business Development for an international duty free retailer, and prior to that were a Controller and VP of Finance for an international construction company and real estate company, respectively.
  • Joe was an early advocate for rebidding the high school addition without changing the original scope of the project.  The subsequent bids ended up saving the town 7 million dollars.
  • Joe rode with the 2nd Company Governors Horse Guard in the 2004 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

John Kortze

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  • John initiated and helped author Newtown's senior tax relief program, scenic road ordinance as well as Newtown's annual commitment of two million dollars of bonding to fund the Open Space purchases.
  • John is a Managing Director at Wells Fargo and has a degree in Applied Economics which has provided him the background to implement programs that has helped the Town receive two bonding upgrades saving the taxpayers millions.
  • John loves to cook, garden and restore homes.

Richard Oparowsky

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  • Richard retired from Citigroup serving as CFO for Citi’s Retail Banking, Credit Card, and Mortgage operations over his 30-year career.  With a MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business and participating in literally thousands of budget and financial reviews over his career, he has the background to serve the town well.
  • Richard and his wife Gail (best friends for 15262 days and counting) moved to Newtown in 2003 after their children Beth and Jon graduated from college. They are members of St. Rose of Lima parish, where Richard served on the Finance Council and Gail prepared the floral arrangements for the altar. Richard is now providing finance and accounting support to the 87 catholic parishes in Fairfield County as the Director of Finance for the Diocese of Bridgeport.
  • Richard is a sports enthusiast, especially Butler University baseball and Wake Forest college basketball. Richard also played for the 1974 Yarmouth Red Sox of the Cape Cod baseball league.

Harrison Waterbury

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  • Harry and his wife Gerry moved to Newtown in 1972. They raised their family and educated their children here. Both Harry and Gerry have spent a majority of their professional careers working in Newtown. Newtown is his home.
  • Harry has been Chairman of the Finance Council at St. Rose Church for twelve years and a member of the Board of Finance for ten years. These long-term community commitments have provided Harry with multiple experiences where difficult financial decisions must be continually made.
  • Harry has seven grandchildren. They are seven of the most unbelievable people in the world. These days the most important thing Harry can be called is Pa.