WESTPORT — A newcomer to town government, Chas Durkin, was chosen to fill an open spot on the Representative Town Meeting.
Monique Lions-Greenspan vacated her position as an RTM member from District 6 for personal reasons, and the district’s three other representatives picked Durkin to fill her place from a pool of three candidates that applied.
“We chose him because he’s very capable and interested in town affairs and also had some very thoughtful suggestion for us,” fellow District 6 RTM member Jessica Bram said of Durkin.
Durkin, a Westchester native and Bentley University graduate, moved to Westport in 2003 with his wife. For 10 years, they lived on Gorham Avenue, where the pair’s two kids, both currently at Bedford Middle School, were born. The family moved five years ago to a home they built on Compo Road North.
“I’ve enjoyed so much this town has to offer — the beaches, pools, tennis courts, the Levitt Pavilion — and I understand how much effort it is to make these facilities as good as they are, because it just doesn’t happen overnight,” Durkin said.
A finance professional who formerly worked as a vice president at Morgan Stanley and as a managing director in the Commodities Division at UBS in Stamford, Durkin now works as a managing member of Yorkport Holdings LLC, a consulting firm he operates from home.
Durkin said he and his family enjoy walks downtown and, as a member of the RTM, wants to help Westport’s shopping hub remain intact and vibrant through this current rough patch in brick-and-mortar retail.
“I have some concerns about vacancies downtown and want to look at our longer range plans for how to deal with the vacancies and the mall coming online off (Interstate) 95,” Durkin said. “I do think keeping downtown as a core part of the Westport culture is really important.”
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