First Selectman Pat Llodra cited Filan's "impressive resume." A former federal prosecuter, Filan has spent most of his career in construction management and accounting -- experience he says prepares him for understanding the nuances of a town budget.
He's also a "certified anti-money laundering specialist" -- a role, Llodra said, that would probably not be a frequent need in Newtown, but which brings a level of confidence nonetheless.
"I'm sure you'll find it exciting, interesting and really important to the stability of our community," Llodra said. "[The Board of Finance has] played a critical role in helping us stabilize over a very critical time."
Filan has lived in Newtown for more than 16 years. His two daughters both attend Newtown schools.
"Most importantly, I have an open mind," he told Patch. And I'm ready to listen."