MADISON — It was a brief hiatus for Bruce Wilson, who had just two months off from the town’s Board of Selectmen before earning a Republican Town Committee recommendation to replace resigning member Thomas Banisch.
Wilson was sworn in Wednesday, said First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons.
“I welcome him to the board,” said Lyons, a Democrat. “His many years of experience in town government will be an asset to us as we move forward in tackling critical issues, and should allow him to contribute right away. I look forward to working with him.”
A Madison native, Wilson served on the Board of Selectmen from 2015 until 2019, when he narrowly lost a reelection bid. Prior to that he served on the Board of Education.
When Banisch, a Republican who did not earn enough votes to keep his seat as first selectman in November but still won a general spot on the board, announced his intent to resign after accepting a job in Hartford, Wilson was quick to put his name forward as a possible replacement.
He didn’t feel like his work had been done, he said last week.
The RTC voted to recommend him Monday night.
Before Wilson could take his seat, his appointment required Board of Selectmen approval. That vote came at Wednesday’s meeting, after Selectman Al Goldberg, a Democrat, made a motion to nominate Wilson, Goldberg said later that evening.
Goldberg described Wilson as a “dedicated public servant” who has a “wealth of knowledge as to the functioning of this municipal government.”
Scott Murphy, another Democrat on the board, said he looked forward to working with Wilson again.
“His [Wilson’s] experience will be invaluable as we navigate complex issues together. His willingness to collaborate will help ensure we come up with the best solutions for Madison residents,” Murphy said.
Wilson, for his part, was glad to be back.
“The Board of Selectmen graciously paused the meeting after they voted in order to allow me to be sworn in and join their meeting in progress,” he wrote in an email Wednesday. “I am not in the same chair, but happy nonetheless to rejoin the Board and I look forward to the work ahead.”