Unsung Hero #8

On Friday, Gail Kelly finishes her 15-year stint as Westport’s assistant town attorney. (She doesn’t say “retiring” — just moving on to new things in life.)

Everyone working at Town Hall is sorry to see her go.

But none more than Ira Bloom.

“It’s a tremendous loss for the town government — and me,” says the longtime town attorney. “Gail has done an excellent job.”

Gail Kelly

Working out of a Town Hall office — though, like Bloom, she is employed by the private Berchem, Moses & Devlin law firm — Kelly handles Westport’s day-to-day legal affairs.

That means reviewing contracts and RFPs; handling Freedom of Information inquiries; coordinating with the Representative Town Meeting on ordinances, and attending board of selectmen meetings.

Kelly is available to all Town Hall personnel, in offices ranging from the town clerk to public works to conservation.

“A lot of lawyers know the charter and ordinances,” Bloom says. “But what distinguishes Gail is her uncommon common sense, her excellent judgment and her terrific sense of humor.”

She is adept at “defusing difficult situations. She’ll tell you the law, and then she’ll have a sensible answer people accept,” Bloom adds.

For 15 years, Kelly has served the town with efficiency, poise and professionalism — and not many kudos.

Congratulations, Gail Kelly — and good luck as you retire move on!

(Know of an unsung hero we should celebrate? Email details to dwoog@optonline.net)

11 responses to “Unsung Hero #8

  1. Eileen Lavigne Flug

    Gail has been a tremendous legal resource for the Representative Town Meeting and for the Town as a whole. She can always be counted on for her insightful advice, calm wisdom, and great sense of humor. Thank you, Gail!

  2. Gail always seemed to me to understand people as much as the law: and that is impressive!

  3. I endorse Ira Bloom’s comments regarding Gail. Whenever Gail provided advice to the P & Z Commission either in person or in writing, she made things clear and easily digestible (in the humble opinion of this Commissioner). In person, of course, she has been a pleasure to deal with, and her humor was always in evidence. Thank you Gail and best wishes for the future!

  4. Mark J. Marcus

    Years ago I had the pleasure of working with Gail to implement a very complicated project. She provided advice and guidance regarding the best way to proceed. Her advice was invaluable. She was always pleasant, professional and accessible I wish her the very best. Thank you Gail!

  5. Michael Calise

    Few realize the tremendous workload for our Town Attorney and the many factions that need to be addressed while always remaining vigilant for the town’s interest. Kudos are due Gail for her many years of superior service on behalf of our town.

  6. Pete Wolgast

    Gail Kelly has been a superb attorney for the Town of Westport. She is truly an “Unsung Hero”. Ira Bloom’s comments are right on the mark:

    “A lot of lawyers know the charter and ordinances, But what distinguishes Gail is her uncommon common sense, her excellent judgment and her terrific sense of humor.”

    She is adept at “defusing difficult situations. She’ll tell you the law, and then she’ll have a sensible answer people accept,”

    My best to Gail in her next step in life. Whatever she chooses to do, I am certain she will be a success.

    Pete Wolgast

  7. Jamie Walsh

    Gail is a class act and will be missed in her roll as assistant town attorney!

  8. Gail- you are a class act. Thank you for all your help over the years. Westport couldn’t have asked for a better representative and person for our legal matters at town hall. Wishing you and the best.

  9. As a member of the RTM, it has been my privilege to work with Gail. She will be missed but not forgotten. She leaves Westport a better place for everyone. Thanks Gail!
    Lou Mall

  10. Bill Scheffler

    Gail’s a fantastic lawyer and a fantastic person. A total rock star and one of Westport’s best. We’ve been lucky to have her work with us.

  11. Brian D. Brumit

    Congratulations Gail! Keep on moving on!! Best, Brian and Karol