Tanya Bombero worked her last day as the first selectman’s administrative assistant on Friday, ending a 13-year-career at Monroe Town Hall.
Bombero is moving on to a job with the Waterbury public school system, where she will be Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna D. Ruffin’s executive administrative assistant.
“I moved to Woodbury last year,” she said, “so it will be a little bit closer for me.”
Bombero, who grew up in Milford, had lived in Monroe for 20 years, before moving to Woodbury last February.
Her son, Matt Jamison, and daughter, Chloe Bombero, both went to Monroe schools. Jamison is now an employee of Monroe public works and Chloe is enrolled in the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience program as a freshman at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury.
Cat Senenko has been hired as the first selectman’s interim administrative assistant until a full-time replacement is found.
A 13-year career
Bombero’s career as a town employee began with a part-time position in the Inland Wetlands Department. Then in 2011, she was named the land use coordinator.
“I did wetlands, planning and zoning and engineering work, handling the administrative end of applications that went to the commissions,” Bombero said.
In 2015, she moved to the First Selectman’s Office to be the administrative assistant, a position that opened up after Vida Stone was elected town clerk.
Bombero went on to work for first selectmen Steve Vavrek and Ken Kellogg. A going away party was held for Bombero Friday and Kellogg issued a proclamation, proclaiming it to be Tanya Bombero Day.
“Tanya has been an amazing person to work with,” Kellogg said, “and we’re going to miss her greatly. Obviously, I wish her all the best.”
Bombero prepared the agendas and minutes for Town Council meetings, organized complex collections of meeting materials and supported the First Selectman’s Office.
Kellogg praised Bombero for her “outstanding dedication” and said she is highly skilled and displayed excellent customer service when dealing with citizens, business owners and elected officials in her role.
“She coordinates, communicates and keeps everything moving,” he said.
Bombero said she will miss seeing everyone at Town Hall everyday.
“The thing that I enjoyed the most was learning the behind the scenes of how everything in town happens,” she said. “I learned how the Town Council makes decisions. I definitely learned a lot. It will help me for sure.”
“I look forward to adding value to the superintendent’s office in Waterbury with all of the experience I gained here and to meeting all of the new faces,” Bombero said.