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Rilling Names Picks For Norwalk's City Clerk, Corporation Counsel

Mario Coppola is mayor-elect Harry Rilling's appointee for Norwalk's corporation counsel.
Mario Coppola is mayor-elect Harry Rilling's appointee for Norwalk's corporation counsel. Photo Credit: Berchem, Moses & Devlin PC

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor-Elect Harry Rilling announced his first two candidates for appointed office Thursday. Rilling plans to nominate Donna King for city clerk and Mario Coppola for corporation counsel.

Rilling does not officially take office until Nov. 19, when he is sworn in.

King’s appointment as city clerk will need confirmation by the Common Council after Rilling officially takes office. The corporation counsel is chosen solely by the mayor and will not need council approval.

The city clerk acts as official clerk for the Common Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation and other boards. The clerk is responsible for keeping track of the City Code and any ordinances made by the Common Council, including issuing permits required by those ordinances. Unlike the elected town clerk, which is a distinct position, the city clerk is appointed to a two-year term.

King currently works in the State Treasurer’s Office, and has previous experience in banking. In Norwalk, she has previously served as city treasurer, a three-term Common Council member, a former chair of the Democratic Town Committee and a member of the Norwalk Maritime Authority.

The corporation counsel is responsible for running Norwalk’s legal department. The City Charter designates a two-year term for the position.

Coppola is based at the Westport offices of the law firm of Berchem, Moses and Devlin. He has worked as town attorney for Trumbull and assistant town attorney for Westport in the past. New England Super Lawyers Magazine recently named him one of its “Super Lawyers” for 2013, based on professional achievement.

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