Congratulations to Noank’s own Karen Buffkin:
Karen Buffkin of Noank has been appointed deputy secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management, replacing Mark Ojakian, who has been named chief of staff by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Buffkin had served as Undersecretary for Legal Affairs for OPM.
“I’m thrilled to be able to make this appointment,” OPM Secretary Ben Barnes said in a release. “I had not known Karen well when she began here a year ago, but everyone who has worked with her has been impressed by her work ethic, knowledge and administrative abilities. Her broad experience in government and as a litigator is invaluable for the type of work we do at OPM. Maybe best of all, she is a great team player and her colleagues at OPM are enthusiastic about her new position.”
For those not familiar with this area, Noank (along with parts of Mystic, Groton Long Point and the City of Groton) is part of the Town of Groton. I decline to explain further, as I have only lived here for 35 years and so have not yet had time to gain an understanding of the reasons why such inefficiency is desirable, but all the natives assure me that it is. Getting back to Karen, while her new job is certainly both impressive and well deserved, she already holds the far more prestigious position of vice-chair of the Groton Democratic Town Committee, which the Day inexplicably omitted from the linked article.