Meet Carmella Budkins
Dedicated Public Servant | Proven Leader | Greenwich Native
Carmella Budkins is a second-generation Greenwich native and graduate of Greenwich High School. Carmella is married to John, a fellow Greenwich native and retired Head PGA Golf Professional. They have three children and five grandchildren that are all residents of Greenwich.
Over her tenure as Town Clerk, Carmella has implemented several initiatives that have resulted in positive operating impacts and ensuring the Town Clerk’s office reputation of timely, accurate and controlled service among evolving Town needs and Connecticut State Mandates. She has guided the office with prudent budget management, cross-trained Department employees to increase effectiveness, and modernized the office to facilitate accelerated information gathering. Carmella has leveraged Connecticut Grant Funds to enhance availability of recorded documents.
As Secretary of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), Carmella takes a leadership role in facilitating the Call and maintaining the official records of this town government body.
Carmella oversees the Town Clerks office that also is responsible for all town land records, vital statistic records, including Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, and Death Certificates. Additionally, Carmella’s Town Clerk office manages and facilitates the Absentee Application and Ballot process as well as the Town of Greenwich Retirement Board Election. As well as all vital statistic records from birth certificates to marriage licenses and death certificates.
Currently, Carmella serves as an Executive Board Member of Community Centers Incorporated of Greenwich (CCI), Member of the Republican Town Committee, Member of the Republican Roundtable of Greenwich, Member of the Connecticut and Fairfield County Town Clerks Associations and Executive Board Member of the Chickahominy Neighborhood Association. Carmella also spends time as a volunteer with Saint Roch Church.
- Provided the Public with online access for Land Records and Maps
Implemented an archive of searchable RTM records available to the Public on the Town Clerk’s computer terminals as well as made available to the public via personal computers
- Founded and implemented Town Archive Preservation Program (TAPP) which has a mission of preserving Greenwich’s most historic records and documents. To date, we have preserved over ~80 volumes and are in the process of preserving additional maps on file.
- Oversaw the secure storage of microfilms and the re-creation of permanent historic Land Record Volumes
- Reindexed the Town’s typed and handwritten Grantor/Grantee Record Indexes to a computerized format including online access and new paper printouts (accomplished with CT Grant Funds)
- Instituted the filming, reindexing and scanning of original land record maps for security, digitization, index continuity and online computer access to the public. Currently, all documents and images are searchable going back to 1953 to current. Additionally, we are actively including more documents into this process preceding 1953. (accomplished with CT Grant Funds)
- Transitioned from a stand alone indexing computer and microfilm camera for document filming to a multi-station Town Hall wide Land Record Management Program that includes Document indexing, digital scanning, multi-user/multi-tasking computer stations and on-line access to document indexes and images
- Reengineered the vital statistics vault, thereby, increasing capacity and enhancing security of such documents
- All birth, death and marriage certificates are being digitized for office personnel search and retrieval
- Issue and collect all Absentee Applications and Ballots for all Town, State,
Federal, Special Elections and Primaries. This includes military service persons and citizens living abroad.
- As Town Clerk, I serve as an official of the Town Retirement Board Election along with the Retirement Administrator to administer the overall election
- Maintained uninterrupted public service with a decrease in staffing while staying within budget guidelines as well as facilitating revenue for the Town
Prior to becoming Greenwich Town Clerk, Carmella worked as a legal secretary and administrative assistant. Over the years, she has contributed her volunteerism to a number of Greenwich community organizations. Carmella held numerous positions, including: former President of Hamilton Avenue School PTA and Executive Board Member of PTA Council, Secretary of the Greenwich Board of Health, Vice-Chair of Republican Town Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Greenwich Women’s Republican Club. Additionally, Carmella held campaign positions on multiple Local, State, and Federal campaigns.
The Saint Lawrence Society honored Carmella in 2001 for her community involvement and achievements and in 2018 Community Centers Incorporated of Greenwich (CCI) honored and recognized Carmella for her many years of dedicated service to the organization.