SOUTHINGTON - Town Attorney Carolyn Futtner said she is excited for the opportunity to represent the town.
Futtner, who was appointed at the last Town Council meeting, said she was “honored” to hear from Town Council Chair Chris Palmieri that she is the first female town attorney. She is succeeding Mark Sciota, who is now interim town manager, and met with him prior to her nomination.
“He went over the lay of the land with me, what meetings I would be expected to be at and explained my job responsibilities,” she said.
Futtner will be called in as needed by the town and won’t be considered a town employee, unlike Sciota.
“When Mark served, he was also the deputy town manager,” explained Futtner. “For me they will be going back to the old system. I will maintain my private law practice in Factory Square.”
Futtner is a founding partner at Mancini, Provenzano & Futtner, LLC. She was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 2005. Before founding her practice, she worked for several years as a solo practitioner, specializing in in litigation and transactional work.
Her legal fields now cover real estate transactions, civil litigation, personal injury, family law, trusts and estates, probate law, business planning, DUI law and collections.
She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Western New England College School of Law in 2005 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in 2001. She was also a New England Scholar and an Honors Scholar.
Futtner said some of the first town issues she is being consulted on include the town’s blight ordinance and the ongoing issue with police calls to the Bridge Family Center on Birchcrest Drive. The center acts as a home for teenage girls who have been removed from traumatic family situations. However, since it was established nine years ago, several council members have reported an escalating number of complaints from neighbors.
“This has been an ongoing issue and we’re trying to come to an amenable decision that both sides can live with,” said Futtner.
During the November election, Futtner ran as a Democratic candidate for Town Council. She said she will check her personal opinions and agendas at the door and represent the town to the best of her ability.
“While in my own personal life I will continue to support open land preservation, I will follow the directive of the council,” she said. “However, by knocking on so many people’s doors I feel like I now have a good idea of what topics may come up at council meetings. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next couple years.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.