Formica named chairman of SCCOG

East Lyme — First Selectman Paul Formica will serve as the new chairman of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments for 2012-13.

Salem First Selectman Kevin Lyden will serve as vice chairman, Bozrah First Selectman William Ballinger as treasurer and City of Groton Mayor Marian Galbraith as secretary. Waterford First Selectman Daniel Steward and Groton Town Manager Mark Oefinger will also serve as representatives-at-large on the council’s executive committee.

The agency, which represents municipalities and tribal nations in the region, unanimously approved the nominating committee’s recommendations for the executive committee at its Wednesday meeting.

At the meeting, Formica presented Steward, the council’s 2011-12 chairman, with a plaque on behalf of the council in recognition of his service.

Formica, formerly the council’s vice chairman, said after the meeting that he would continue to strive for cooperation among municipalities and work to represent the interests of southeastern Connecticut’s cities and towns.

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