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

Please share your comments with me at:

(860) 342-6715 or

Message from the First Selectwoman

2015 Project B.E.S.T. Summit

Members of the Board of Selectmen
Political Affiliation
Term - 2 years
Susan S. Bransfield - First Selectwoman
November 2015-2017
Carl A. Chudzik (1953-2016)
Republican November 2015-2017
Kitch Breen Czernicki (filling vacancy)
Republican April 20, 2016-Nov 2017
Brian M. Flood - Deputy First Selectman
Democrat November 2015-2017
Frederick R. Knous
November 2015-2017
Michael A. Pelton
Republican November 2015-2017
Kathleen G. Richards 
Democrat November 2015-2017
Benjamin R. Srb
Democrat November 2015-2017

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
Shown left to right are Alison Jackman of Eversource Energy and First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, at the Council of Small Towns Annual Meeting, held January 10, 2016 in Rocky Hill. The Town of Portland is eligible to redeem a $5,000 Bright Idea Grant, which can be used on any energy efficiency project. As of December 31, 2016, 24% of Portland’s residents and 17% of Portland’s business/municipal buildings had participated in these programs.