Board of Commissioners

The Commissioners form an elected Board of Officers which oversee all functions of the FDWD. The Commissioners meet monthly to set policy, establish and approve budgets and through the General Manager, direct all of the employees of the FDWD. The Commissioners function in part time positions.


Marija Bryant

Marija V. Bryant, Chairman

Marija Bryant was appointed Commissioner in July, 2014 to fill the post of the late Robert Corbo. Ms. Bryant previously served as First Taxing District Treasurer, elected first in 2009 and then reelected in 2011 and 2013. For the past 30 years, Ms. Bryant has worked as a writer and developer of corporate training seminars. She and her husband moved to Norwalk in 1985 and are both active in preservation organizations as well as neighborhood and civic groups. Ms. Bryant’s term will expire in 2019.

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Commissioner Thomas Cullen

Thomas Cullen, Esq.

FDWD's Commissioner, Tom Cullen, has been  a Norwalk resident for over 35 years. A 1967 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Cullen was an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. With both a degree in law and an MBA, Mr. Cullen founded the Norwalk-based firm Cullen and Jacobson with his wife Jill in 1983. He's been highly involved in public service here for more than 25 years.

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Elsa Peterson Obuchowski

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski has lived in the First Taxing District since 1994. An editor specializing in college textbooks, she is also the author of Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know. She is active in the League of Women Voters of Norwalk and serves on Oak Hills Park Authority.

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Jalin T Said
Jalin T. Sead

Jalin T. Sead was appointed Treasurer of the First Taxing District by the Board of Commissioners in August of 2018 to fill a vacancy which became available when Elsa Obuchowski became a District Commissioner. His term as Treasurer will expire in November of 2019.

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