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Town Council

Town Council members are elected at large for two years and represent all of West Hartford and the town clerk is elected for four years. The town has operated under a Council-Manager form of government since 1919. West Hartford was the first town in the state and one of the first in the country to adopt this form of government where the council acts as the elected policy board and the town manager serves as the chief executive officer responsible for carrying out the policies of the council.

All Town Council members are volunteers and do not get paid for this service to their community. The Town Clerk is a paid position.

2019-2021 Town Councilors

Matthew Hart

Job Title: Town Manager

Essie Labrot

Job Title: Town Clerk


Each Town Council and Board of Education meeting is televised live on WHC-TV (Comcast: channel 5). Now you can watch Town Council and Board of Education meetings on demand on your computer. Click on the link to get started:

Watch Mayor Shari Cantor's "2020 State of the Town" address, January 29, 2020, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Delamar Hotel