New mayor to appoint predecessor, former councilor to BOF

Mayor Ken Cockayne announced last week he intends to appoint former councilor Derek Czenczelewski and former mayor Art Ward to the Bristol Board of Finance to replace city councilman-Elect Rich Miecznikowski (R-2) and local businessman Gregory Fradette, who has resigned.
Czenczelewski lost his bid for re-election. A press release from the mayor said Czenczelewski is viewed as a knowledgeable student of city finances and during the course of his term on the City Council he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge. “Derek was our ‘go to’ guy for the numbers over the past two years. His contributions to the City of Bristol, especially the Village of Forestville have not gone unnoticed,” Cockayne said in his press release.
Ward has over 28 years of experience in municipal government, said the press release. The release said Cockayne has had high praise for his predecessor with regards to his commitment to help relieve municipalities of unfunded mandates by the General Assembly. As a former City Councilman and mayor, Cockayne said in the release Ward can use his experiences to help guide the Board of Finance through the next budgetary cycle, which is expected to be tough one.
“I mentioned at our final City Council Meeting last month in my remarks to Mayor Ward that if I was victorious on Nov. 5 that he shouldn’t get used to retirement because I had big plans for him,” Cockayne said in his release. “I am thrilled that Art has agreed to continue his service to the people of Bristol.”
Czenczelewski and Ward will need to be approved at the first City Council meeting of the Cockayne administration that will be held tonight. “I welcome Derek Czenczelewski and Art Ward to my administration and I consider them key members of it,” Cockayne said in the release.