Former Westport Selectman To Lead Parks & Recreation Commission

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Former Westport Selectman Charlie Haberstroh was appointed the new chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. — Former Westport Selectman Charlie Haberstroh is taking on a new role in town government. On Monday, he was appointed the new chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission by First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Haberstroh, a Republican, served on the Board of Selectmen for three years with former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Selectwoman Shelly Kassan, both Democrats. He was appointed to the board in December 2010, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Selectman Gavin Anderson.

“The quality of our services—  especially the Longshore Club Park, Compo Beach and the rest of our parks and recreational facilities—  is a key priority for my administration,” said Marpe, also a Republican. “I am confident that Charlie will be able to work with my administration and the Parks and Recreation staff to identify those key elements necessary to improve the recreational experiences for our residents.”

Haberstroh is no stranger to town government. Before joining the Board of Selectman, he served for seven years on the Board of Finance. Prior to that, he was on the Representative Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body, for two years.

Having served the town for so many years, Marpe said Haberstroh knows “first-hand” the many issues Westport faces regarding its parks and recreational facilities.

“His long experience in the RTM and Board of Finance will enable him to work closely with the funding bodies to help obtain their approval for our ambitious plans to improve Westport’s parks and recreational facilities,” Marpe said of Haberstroh.

A 1973 graduate of Harvard, Haberstroh is founder, president and CEO of CastleKeep Investment Advisors, a Westport-based asset management company. He and his ,wife Patty, who works in the town’s Human Services Department, have lived in Westport for more than 20 years.

Haberstroh will succeed former Parks and Recreation Chairman Andy Moss.

“I would like to thank Andy Moss for his diligent and extensive work as the Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman,” Marpe said. “Andy will continue in his role as Chairman of the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee and will also serve as Co-Chairman of the Youth Commission.”

Residents with ideas on how to improve the town’s parks and recreation facilities are encouraged to contact Haberstroh at haberstroh.prc@gmail.com.

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