Office of the First Selectman

I firmly believe that an informed citizenry provides the best foundation for our democratic system. 

As promised in my campaign, I am providing this page on Portland Online to communicate what is going on from my perspective.

Susan Bransfield

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(860) 342-6715 or

Members of the Board of Selectmen
Political Affiliation
Term - 2 years
Susan S. Bransfield - First Selectwoman
November 2017-2019
Louis J. Pear - Deputy First Selectman
Democrat November 2017-2019
Michael A. Pelton
Republican November 2017-2019
Edward J. Sharr Jr.
Republican November 2017-2019
Benjamin R. Srb
November 2017-2019
James K. Tripp
Democrat November 2017-2019
Ralph R. Zampano
Democrat November 2017-2019

The Town of Portland is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

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First Selectman's Office

Location:    33 East Main Street - 2nd Floor, Portland Connecticut

Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 71, Portland CT 06480-0071

Telephone: 860-342-6715          Fax: 860-342-6714

Susan Bransfield, First Selectwoman (in service since: 11/2003)

Michelle Ceppaglia, Executive Secretary                                     

The First Selectman is a full-time elected position, serves as the Civilian Chief of Police, is the local authority to projects, local roadways, and the administrator to all Municipal employees, excluding Board of Education employees.

This office also functions as Human Resources and Social Services.  Other responsibilities include the review, process and issuance of:

  • Bazaar / Raffle Permits
  • License to Purchase Precious Metals and Stones
  • Temporary 60-Day State Pistol Permit
  • Peddlers / Hawkers / Solicitors / Canvassers / Vendor Permits
  • Pin Game Permits for Operators and Distributors
  • Pistol & Revolver Retailer License [CGS Sec. 29-28] (paperwork obtained through SLFU)
  • Street Closure Permits

Connect to Downloadable Forms to view permit application forms.  The submission of an application does not constitute a permit until said application is approved by the applicable authority and all fees are paid in full

Portland Accomplishments
  Janet Nocek and Cathy Probolos received $1500 Eversource grant from Pat Bandzes, Eversource Community Relations.  The grant was used for two books for each child living at Chatham Court.  An ice-cream social was organized around the book giving on Monday, August 13.  

(Photo left to right: Marilyn White, Friends of Portland Library, Jen Renk, Children's Librarian, Cathy Probolus, President Friends of Portland Library, Janet Nocek, Head Librarian, Pat Bandzes, Eversource Community Relations)

   Eversource and Town of Portland
      at CCM Annual Convention