Arosha Jayawickrema sworn in as interim town manager in Berlin

Published on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:54
Written by Adam Hushin


BERLIN-Arosha Jayawickrema was sworn in as interim town manager at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.

Jayawickrema has been vice president of finance and administration at the University of Hartford. He said his experience performing similar tasks, but with different goals, has prepared him well for the job.

“It’s similar to what I did, but different enough so I have a fresh set of eyes for everything,” Jayawickrema said.

While someone who has already done this type of work might just go through the motions, Jayawickrema said, he will stop and think about why something is being done.

Jayawickrema said he’s looking forward to working within a larger community.

“I draw upon the strengths of others,” he said. “I like to work with other people.”

The interim town manager position is held for a maximum of 180 days. Jayawickrema said he would not mind if the Town Council decided to make his role permanent.

Jayawickrema said that during his time as manager, interim or permanent, he will focus on projects with a large impact, service-oriented initiatives, and, most importantly, on making sure things move quickly.

“You see, in government, things take a long time sometimes,” Jayawickrema said.

Interim town manager was not the only position filled Tuesday.

The Cemetery Committee seat that had been vacant since Anthony DeGrandi resigned on June 10 was also filled. Stephen Pastuszak was unanimously chosen and will serve until Jan. 31, 2023.

The next council meeting is July 23.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:54. Updated: Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:57.