Standing Committees

There are several Council standing committees, organized by municipal functions such as economic development, public safety, and health and human services, which conduct the majority of the Council’s activities at regularly scheduled meetings. The standing committees hold public hearings, review Council referrals, and forward recommendations to the City Council for its consideration and approval. No ordinances or proposed bylaws can be approved by the Council until an appropriate Council Committee has held a public hearing on the item in question. The Clerk to the Council Committee reports to the Chairperson of the Standing Committee.

Since meeting dates may change due to holidays and other special events, citizens are encouraged to check the date and time of each meeting with the Clerk to the City Council by calling 203-630-4125 weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Meeting minutes and agendas can be found here. 

Economic Development, Housing & Zoning Committee

(meets third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • David Lowell, Chairperson 
  • Daniel Brunet, Vice-Chairperson
  • Michael Cardona
  • Bruce Fontanella
  • Sonya R. Jelks

Finance Committee

(meets fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Brian P. Daniels, Chairperson
  • Walter A. Shamock, Vice-Chairperson
  • Cathy Battista
  • Dan Brunet
  • Miguel Castro

Human Services Committee

(meets first Tuesday of the month, except for January and September, at 5:30 pm)

  • Larue A. Graham, Chairperson
  • Bob Williams, Jr., Vice-Chairperson 
  • Joseph Carabetta III
  • Bruce Fontanella
  • Sonja R. Jelks

Personnel Committee

  • Sonja Jelks - Chairperson
  • Michael Cardona - Vice-Chairperson
  • Miguel Castro
  • Dan Brunet
  • Joseph Carabetta III

Public Safety Committee

(meets second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Michael Cardona,  Chairperson
  • Larue A. Graham, Vice-Chairperson
  • Joseph Carabetta III
  • Brian P. Daniels
  • Bob Williams, Jr.

Public Works - Parks & Recreation Committee

(meets second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm)

  • Cathy Battista, Chairperson
  • Larue A. Graham, Vice-Chairperson
  • Dan Brunet
  • David Lowell
  • Walter A. Shamock 


  • Board of Education:  Brian P. Daniels
  • Flood Control Implementation Agency: Cathy Battista
  • Golf Commission:  Brian P. Daniels/Bob Williams, Jr.
  • Labor:  Dan Brunet/David Lowell
  • Meriden Housing Authority:  Larue A. Graham
  • Pension Board:  Sonya R. Jelks/Joseph Carabetta III