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KENT—Former first selectman Maureen Brady was applauded by a roomful of appreciative residents March 4 for her unstinting service to the town. 

The former first selectmen’s office, now used by the Registrars of Voters, was dedicated to her in honor of her “outstanding commitment and distinguished service to the Town of Kent.”

Formerly administrative assistant to her predecessor, First Selectman Bob Ward, she made history in 1985 by becoming the first woman in Kent elected to the office. The highlight of her career was overseeing the current town hall building project from start to finish.

Former first selectman Maureen Brady, shown seated with her husband, Tom, listens to current First Selectman Marty Lindenmayer as he presents her with a plaque honoring her years of service to Kent. Photo by Kathryn Boughton

The dedication was a family affair as her son-in-law, current First Selectman Marty Lindenmayer, presented her with the plaque that now hangs over the entrance to the room.

“She’s still on top of her game,” he told the people crowded into the room. He recalled how, during her years in office, he and his wife, her daughter Kathleen, used to bring their children to town hall. “It’s been a family business, in a sense,” he quipped. “I couldn’t be prouder to be her son-in-law.”

Maureen Brady, the first woman first selectman of Kent, greets well-wishers who came to town hall March 4 to honor her by dedicating her former office in her name. Photo by Kathryn Boughton

Brady said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor. “This room means a lot to me,” she said, remembering all the meetings she had led and the work she had done there. “I can’t thank you all enough for coming today.”

With the plaque safely installed above the door, the gathering moved downstairs to the assembly room where refreshments were served.

Kathryn Boughton
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