Kurt Miller is currently serving his fourth term as the First Selectman of the Town of Seymour. He was first elected in 2011 and has run unopposed in two of his last three elections. Kurt is a long time resident of Seymour, a 1988 graduate of Seymour High School and a 1993 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. After college, Kurt decided to spread his wings and moved to Boston. It was there he began his career working in Customer Service for Plymouth Rock Assurance Company and then for Trust Consultants in Pension Processing. Both jobs gave him the platform he needed to build a career in the financial services field upon moving back to Connecticut with his wife Tara.
Once back in Connecticut, Kurt worked for Diversified Investment Advisors in their Participant Advisor Group traveling the country assisting clients in developing and maintaining retirement plans for their employees. In 2001, he moved on to CUNA Mutual Group as an Account Relationship Manager working with credit union clients all across New England, New York and Maryland on their financial services platforms. Over the years, Kurt has achieved many professional designations including NAIFA’s Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor. He held the NASD Series 6, 63 and 65-Uniform Investment Adviser licenses and was insurance licensed in Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Property and Casualty.
Upon his election in 2011, Kurt focused all of the knowledge and experience he had gained over the 18 years prior to improving and strengthening Seymour’s finances. When he took office, Seymour had a low fund balance of just over 5%, growing debt ratios near 10%, a shaky AA- bond rating, crumbling infrastructure, a mill rate that was growing each year due to increasing expenses and shrinking tax receipts. Understanding this could not continue, Kurt and his team dug in and put Seymour on a path forward by creating its first 10 Year Strategic Plan. This cohesive plan put Seymour on a path forward to not only provide better services to its residents, but to strengthen its core financials. Over the last 6 years, the fund balance has grown to just under 13%, debt ratios have steadily decreased to 6%, the bond rating has increased to a near perfect AA+ and town’s mill rate has remained level for the last 3 years. All of these changes have come along with historic investment in the town’s infrastructure as well as a drastic decrease in its outstanding long term liability costs in health care and retirement.
Kurt has also been extremely active outside of Seymour fighting for issues that benefit all of Connecticut’s towns and cities. As an executive committee member of both the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, he has testified and helped push a great deal of legislation over the years. Kurt firmly believes that for Connecticut to finally be successful, it needs to create an environment to allow towns and cities to be free of unneeded regulations and burdens from the state. This will allow them to thrive on their own and in turn, need less in municipal funding. This savings in funding can then be put toward one of the many problems the state is facing.