Board of Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen is an elected five-member Board which is the Executive branch of government in Lebanon. The Board of Selectmen is responsible for the administration of the general town government, working under Connecticut General Statutes and local ordinances. Prior to December 1, 2019, all Selectmen were elected to two-year terms. Selectmen elected after December 1, 2019 are elected to four-year terms.

The Town Charter, effective December 1, 2019, expanded the Board of Selectmen from three to five members. A Special Election was held on August 18, 2020 to elect two members to fill the newly created positions. Their terms will expire November 21, 2023.

The current terms of the First Selectman and the two Selectmen who were elected in November 2019 will expire at the end of the two-year terms for which they were elected prior to the Charter being enacted. Those terms expire November 16, 2021. In November 2021, a First Selectman and two Selectmen shall be elected to four-year terms. 

Responsibilities include the preparation and administration of the operating and capital budgets for the general town government and the supervision and direction of the operations of the Public Works Department including improvements to all highways, bridges public buildings and property.

The Selectmen manage the day-to-day operations of the town, hire and supervise all town employees, and appoint electors to boards and commissions. The Board brings policy recommendations to Town Meeting for approval.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Bernard Dennler III Office Manager
Kevin Cwikla First Selectman

Board Members

Name Title
Glen Coutu (R) Selectman (11/16/2021)
Kevin Cwikla (D) First Selectman (11/16/2021)
Kathleen Smith (D) Selectman (11/16/2021)
Betsy Petrie (R) Selectman (11/21/2023)
Robin Chesmer (D) Selectman (11/21/2023)