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Posted on: October 5, 2022

Mayor Garrett Appoints Joseph Colello as Public Works Director

Mayor Garrett Appoints Joseph Colello as Public Works Director

Hamden – Mayor Lauren Garrett has appointed Joseph Colello as Public Works Director, pending Legislative Council approval.

Mr. Colello has served the Hamden Public Works Department for the past nearly 30 years as a Laborer, Truck Driver and Heavy Equipment Operator, Foreman of Buildings, Superintendent of Buildings, Superintendent of Streets and Bridges, and Superintendent of Sanitation, Recycling, and Waterways.

Mr. Colello is a DEEP Certified Operator of Landfills, Transfer Stations, Recycling and Volume Reduction Facilities. He is also recognized as a Qualified Tree Warden following the successful completion of Tree Wardens’ Association of Connecticut’s Tree Wardens School of 2020, conducted by UCONN’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

Mr. Colello brings a wealth of experience from his roles at Hamden’s Public Works Department in project management from supervising Transfer Station operations, paving, general road repairs, storm water and waterway management, catch basin repairs, and the blight crew.  He has a proven track record in catastrophe mitigation and management from successfully overseeing snow removal, municipal emergencies, and natural disasters while prioritizing safety.

Mr. Colello is a highly accomplished municipal professional, having managed various departmental, vendor, and equipment budgets along with employee payroll and scheduling. He is a member of Hamden’s Pension Board, Hamden’s Safety Committee, the CT Recycling Commission, and the CT Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management.

Mr. Colello spearheaded Hamden’s first solar farm at a closed landfill, and introduced Hamden’s first outdoor classroom. He has an extensive understanding of construction and trades along with municipal road safety. Mr. Colello will continue to be an incredible asset to Hamden’s Public Works Department.

Mayor Lauren Garrett commented, “I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Joseph Colello. I trust Mr. Colello to maintain and improve Hamden’s infrastructure and grounds with care and sustainability. He has been an instrumental supervisor in Public Works, bringing innovative and sustainable methods to Hamden, including organic composting, installing a solar array at the Transfer Station, and utilizing the resources we have to improve safety and productivity.”

Joseph Colello will be Acting Public Works Director until his appointment is approved by the Legislative Council.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at

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