Stonington First Selectman Steps Down

The first selectman in Stonington is stepping down at the end of November.

Edward Haberek, Jr., who has served as first selectman for the past seven years, posted a statement on his personal Web site Tuesday announcing his departure.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead the Town of Stonington and treasure the opportunity to serve you during my time in elected office. Serving in elected office has great satisfaction, but also a great toll and results in many good people choosing not to enter this arena,” Haberek wrote.

“I dedicated a significant amount of time and effort which resulted in a difference and my career and family in this position. I have made my ‘public life’ public and look forward to returning to the private sector and having my ‘private life’ private,” he continued.

Haberek said he hopes his successor will continue leading the town by being “visible, approachable, and accessible.”

He previously served as academic director and marketing professor at the Briarwood College school of business, now the Lincoln College of New England, in Stonington, according to his Web site. Haberek has also worked at Fortune 500 companies including Becton Dickinson and DuPont.

His last day in office will be November 30.

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