Colebrook First Selectman Tom McKeon photo via Facebook.
Colebrook First Selectman Tom McKeon photo via Facebook.
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COLEBROOK —  After serving seven terms as First Selectman, Thomas McKeon has announced he will not be running for an eighth term in the fall. McKeon has served as the first selectman since November 2007. McKeon announced that he would not serve another term on his Facebook page.
“It’s time,” McKeon said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “I’m in my seventies and I want to enjoy some other things. Now is the best time to do it.”
McKeon is a Plainville native and moved to Colebrook in 1991 and he said that “it was never in my wildest dreams” that he would end up serving at the town’s first selectmen.
McKeon said that he will leave the first selectmen’s role in November with great memories of his time in Town Hall.
“There are a lot of great people in Colebrook,” McKeon said. “Serving them has been a pleasure. The most joy I had was getting to volunteer at the Colebrook Fair. It was great to see the kids have a great day. The people in this community is the main thing that I will remember.”
As for any advice he would give to the next First Selectman, McKeon said that whoever serves next always must keep in mind that Colebrook is a small town and does not have as many resources as other bigger towns in the area.
“There are a lot of people in town who are on fixed incomes and you have to keep spending down,” he said. “You have to keep dollars low and always watch where the dollars go so everyone can afford to live here.”
McKeon added “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the past 14 years. It has been a pleasure serving them.”

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