A celebratory event will be held at West Hartford Town Hall on May 4, 2023.
By Ronni Newton
Essie Labrot retired as West Hartford’s town clerk as of April 7, and she will be honored for her years of dedicated public service during an event that will also serve as a fundraiser for West Hartford Community Interactive.
Labrot was first elected town clerk in 2007, and throughout her tenure worked closely with WHCI to ensure public access to local meetings. During the pandemic, when government meetings because virtual, the existing infrastructure that she worked with WHCI to help establish became even more critical to maintaining the processes of government.
“Essie’s 15 years of public service were marked with distinction as she demonstrated that she was the best town clerk in the State of Connecticut,” said current Town Clerk Leon Davidoff, who had been a member of the West Hartford Town Council for more than 15 years until he resigned earlier this year when he was appointed to complete the remainder of Labrot’s outstanding term, which ends Jan. 1, 2024.
The celebration is open to the public and will take place on May 4, 2023, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the West Hartford Town Hall auditorium. The minimum donation is $50 and includes a buffet and drink ticket. Additional drinks (beer and wine) will be available at a cash bar.
Attendees will have the opportunity during the celebration to record a video message to Labrot.
WHCI is a nonprofit organization, and a large share of its funding comes from fees that are part of cable TV subscriptions. That funding has been decreasing as more and more people switch from cable to streaming services, and fundraising is more critical than ever.
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