Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger Appoints Paul R. Sisson as Interim CAO


April 1, 2012
Contact:  Mike Kanarick

Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger Appoints Paul R. Sisson as Interim CAO

Burlington, VT – Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger today announced his first mayoral appointment, naming Paul R. Sisson, CPA, a local financial consultant and former partner with 26 years at KPMG, as Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Burlington.  The appointment, which Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve at tomorrow evening’s Council meeting would be for a term of approximately three months, until June 30, 2012.

“I’m very pleased that Paul has agreed to step into this role immediately,” said Weinberger.  “Paul has deep Burlington roots and excellent financial and leadership experience.  I have great confidence and trust in Paul, having served with him on ECHO’s Planning and Finance Committee.  More recently, Paul has tirelessly and effectively served on a volunteer basis as chair of our Budget Team and co-chair of our Transition Team.  Paul’s extensive private sector experience as an auditor will give him the precise skills necessary to lead the budget effort during these next three months and to begin the long and challenging process of addressing the concerns of the auditors, rebuilding trust with our financial partners, and restoring our credit ratings.” 

At the announcement, which took place at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Sisson shared the key priorities on which he will focus over the next three months:

  •  Passing a balanced budget.  This work will include conducting a top-to-bottom review of our City departments.
  •  Reviewing the City’s accounting systems and internal controls, as well as reviewing the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office structure and staffing levels.
  •  Beginning immediately the important work of repairing our credit rating and building trust with the City’s financial partners.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to serve our City and to take steps toward restoring Burlingtonians’ faith and trust in City finances,” said Sisson.  “I appreciate Miro’s confidence in me and look forward to continuing the work we began two months ago with our Budget Team.  I care deeply about Burlington and am honored by this appointment.”

Please see attached documents, including:

  •   Memorandum from Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger to City Council Members requesting approval of the Paul R. Sisson interim CAO appointment
  •   Resume of Paul R. Sisson


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