Joshua Steele Kelly

Joshua Steele Kelly - Resume

860-501-9576 – 

Last Updated November, 2020

Education & Certifications

Master of Public Administration (May 2019)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269     GPA: 3.82

Graduate Assistant, Department of Public Policy

Grad Certificate in Public Financial Management (May 2019)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269

Bachelor of Arts (May 2017)

Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766     Cum Laude

Major: Political Science     Minors: Sociology & Public Policy

Certified Municipal Official (February 2019)

CT Conference of Municipalities, New Haven, CT 06510

Ithaca College (August 2013 - May 2015)

Ithaca, NY 14850          Transferred to Wheaton August 2015

Major Coursework: Politics, Vocal Performance

High School Diploma (June 2013)

Waterford High School, Waterford, CT 06385

CAPT Scholar | International Thespian Society

Public Affairs & Government Experience

Town Administrator ~ Town of Bolton, CT (August 2019 - Present)
  • Administration: Manages the day-to-day operations of of the municipal government including, but not limited to, administrative services, public works, building and grounds maintenance, public safety, social services, recreation services, and library services. Also acts as the Town's Burning Official.
  • Budgeting & Planning: Coordinates the preparation of the annual general government budget, capital improvements budget, and debt service budget in conjunction with the First Selectman. Develops long range capital and infrastructure improvement plans.
  • Human Resources: Assists in labor relations activities including information gathering, analysis, and preparation. Participates in collective bargaining negotiations and serves as personnel manager.
  • Policy Development: Prepared Board of Selectmen meeting agendas including analysis of and recommendations on pertinent issues. Develops policies for review, drafts proposed regulations and ordinances, and serves as liaison with Town Counsel on legal issues.
  • Fiscal Management: Supervises financial matters including tracking and reporting of revenues and expenditures and preparation of the annual audit. Monitors debt service payments and assists in the issuance of notes and bonds as required. Serves as the town's Deputy Treasurer.
  • Community Representation: Serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee for Eastern Highlands Health District; as the Secretary of the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority's Executive Board; as a member of the Capital Region Council of Government's Cyber Security Council; as a member of the Capital Region Council of Governments Policy Board and Municipal Services Committee; as Bolton's representative to MidNEROC; as a Bolton representative to the Four Town Economic Vitality Group; and as a member of the CCM Legislative, Energy & Environmental Management Policy, and Municipal Law committees.

Management Analyst ~ Town of Windsor, CT (May 2019 - August 2019)
  • Served in an interim capacity to advise Town Manager, Director of Public Works, and Town Council on matters of output and cost efficiency, communications, and production methods by studying and reporting out on town data.
  • Assisted with development project aimed at repurposing the old Wolcott School and Wilson Redevelopment parcel.
  • Prepared draft administrative directives, policies, press releases, resolutions, and ordinance on behalf of Town Manager.

Graduate Assistant, Town Manager's Office ~ Town of Windsor, CT (May 2018 - May 2019)
  • Worked with the Town Manager to further projects pertaining to the town’s administration, new policies and programs proposed by Town Councilors, the management of personnel and resources, and the upkeep of open space.
  • Assisted the town’s Finance Department in budget creation, policy review, and preparing materials for for bond issuances.
  • Identified cost-saving efficiencies & reviewed components of the capital improvement plan with the Director of Public Works.

Waterford, CT Representative Town Meeting ~ Minority Leader & District 3 Representative (2017 - 2019)
  • Top vote-getter of RTM candidates in 2017, has gone on to introduce environmentally-focused legislation, town charter revision proposals, proposals to bolster town capacity for economic development, & numerous cost-saving initiatives.

Legislation & Administration Standing Committee of Waterford, CT ~ Chair (2017 - 2019)
  • Elected Committee Chair upon appointment; facilitated the authoring of key RTM bylaw amendments, ordinance revisions pertaining to the town’s fiscal transparency and title changes, and committee-forming resolutions.

Long Range Fiscal Planning Committee of Waterford, CT ~ Member (2017 - 2019)
  • Elected by the RTM to serve as a member of the committee, which has been charged with creating an economic plan to help Waterford through the closure of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, comprising over 32% of the town’s taxbase.

Inland Wetland & Conservation Commission of Waterford, CT ~ Commissioner (2016 - Present)
  • Joined commission as an Alternate at the request of the town's First Selectman in 2016; appointed Commissioner in 2018.
  • Championed initiative to create open space acquisition program, help to review inland wetland permit applications.

Campaign Manager ~ Mirna for 39th Candidate Committee (January 2019 - February 2019)
  • Successfully qualified third-party candidate for public campaign financing for the first time in state history; responsible for creating advertisements, coordinating volunteer schedules, briefing the candidate on state legislative issues, and more.

Campaign Manager & Treasurer ~ Baird for 38 Candidate Committee (January 2018 - November 2018)
  • Managed, advised, and coordinated campaign events and actions, as well as filed financial reports to the State of Connecticut, for Baird Welch-Collins, candidate for State Representative in Connecticut's 38th District.

Campaign Consultant ~ Jason Adler for State Representative (2018)
  • Conducted political consulting and opposition research for the Jason Adler for State Representative campaign in Connecticut's 35th State House district.

State of Connecticut ~ Justice of the Peace  (2016 - Present) 

  • Selected to serve a 4-year term for the State of Connecticut as a Justice of the Peace in December 2016.
  • Officiated ceremonies of marriage around the state.

Zoning Board of Appeals of Waterford, CT ~ Alternate Member  (2015 – 2017)

  • Won town-wide election in 2015, helped to address applications for zoning variances over the course of two years.

Civic Engagement & Political Activism Coordinator ~ Wheaton College     (August 2016 – May 2017)
  • Planned and held events for Wheaton students pertaining to civics and activism, and worked to increase community engagement within the student body.

Political Science Departmental & Research Assistant ~ Wheaton College     (Aug. 2015 – Oct. 2016)
  • Helped political science professors with their daily office work, including scanning, transcribing, grading.
  • Aided Dr. Aubrey Westfall with academic research on European migration and European immigration policy.

Constituent Services Intern ~ Office of Congressman Joe Courtney (May 2015-August 2015)
  • Assisted constituents, composed letters to governmental agencies, and compiled notes on Congressman’s meetings.

Other Employment

Substitute Teacher ~ East Lyme & Waterford Public Schools (May 2017 – May 2018)
  • Worked with students, in the absence of full-time classroom teachers, to better understand and learn subject matter in a variety of disciplines.

Graduate Assistant, Admissions Office ~ University of Connecticut Hartford (August 2017 - May 2018)
  • Managed, scheduled, and led group visits to the UConn Hartford campus, managed student volunteers in the department, led tours and admission info sessions, and more.

Resident Advisor ~ Wheaton College (January 2017 – May 2017)
  • Provided support through programming, building community, facility management, & directing students to campus resources.

Admissions Intern
 ~ Wheaton College (May 2016 – August 2016)
  • Conducted campus tours and interviews with applicants, served as a panelist for information sessions, and helped organize and plan travel for Wheaton admission counselors while full-time staff was not available to do so.

Resident Assistant ~ Ithaca College (August 2014 – May 2015)
  • Provided support for residents through programming & directing individuals to campus resources.

Intern ~ National Theatre of the Deaf (May 2014 – August 2014)
  • Assisted the Director with publications, communications, community outreach, and grant-seeking.

Education Intern ~ Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services of Ithaca, NY (August 2013 – May 2014)
  • Assisted the Director with publications, communications, event planning, and community outreach.

Community & Volunteer Activities

Wheaton College Alumni Board of Directors ~ Member-At-Large (2020 - Present)

  • Selected to serve three-year term (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023).
  • Serves on the Nominations Committee and on the Engagement & Philanthropy Committee.

Wheaton College Model United Nations Alumni Association ~ Founder & Deputy Treasurer (2020 - Present)

  • Founder of the Association and appointed Deputy Treasurer at the June 2020 meeting.
  • Responsible for authoring the Association's annual budget and assisting the Treasurer with routine activities.

Project Bright ~ Executive Producer, Webmaster, & Performer (2015 - Present)

  • Help to produce an annual music festival to raise awareness about mental health & suicide prevention. 
  • Founder and producer of the Bright Theatre Festival, one of Project Bright’s two annual events.

Waterford Young Progressives ~ Member (2018 - 2019)
  • Founding member and author of the organizations bylaws.
  • Treasurer from 2018-2019, coordinated finances to ensure fiscal solvency at all times.

Wheaton College Model United Nations Conference (WheaMUN) ~ Founder & Secretary-General  (2016 – 2017)

  • Served as chief organizer for Wheaton’s first on-campus Model United Nations Conference for high school teams.

House of Residents Engaged in Political Science (House of REPS) ~ Founder & President (2016 - 2017)

  • Presided over meetings, served as the liaison to the Office of Residential Life, and planned community events.
  • Planned and organized event for Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein to speak on campus in September, 2016.

Wheaton College Model United Nations ~ Head Delegate  (2015 – 2017)

  • Managed and trained the Wheaton College Model UN team to compete on the national level.
  • Best Delegate Award winner at Five College Model United Nations 2016 & 2017.

Wheaton College Student Government Association ~ Senator-at-Large  (2016 – 2017)

  • Attended meetings, served on campus-wide committees, and proposed policy amendments to the college administration.
  • Served on the college Sustainability Committee as a Student Representative.

Babe Lincoln Political Magazine ~ Section Editor & Contributing Writer (2016 – 2017)

  • Served as the editor for all science and environmental articles in 2016, contributed writing in 2017.

Wheaton College Commencement Speaker Selection Committee ~ Member (2016)

  • Worked as a student representative on the committee to help select a suitable speaker for commencement in 2017.

Wheaton College Gentlemen Callers ~ Co-Pitch (2015 – 2016)

  • Arrange music, teach and rehearse songs, and perform a cappella music with other Wheaton students.

Ithaca College Student Government Association ~ Senator-at-Large  (2014 - 2015)

  • Attended meetings, served on campus-wide committees, and proposed policy amendments to the college administration.
  • Served on the IC 20/20 Curriculum Review Committee as a Student Representative.

Ithaca Model European Union and Model United Nations ~ Member & Delegate  (2013 - 2015)

  • Traveled to four off-campus conferences as a delegate on Ithaca College’s Model United Nations team.
  • Presided over and served as the President of the European Council at SUNY Model European Union 2015.

Ithaca College Greens Theatre Project ~ Founder, Director, & Executive Producer  (2014 - 2015)

  • Directed The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later in the Spring of 2014.
  • Acquired funding for all productions and raised money for multiple charities through ticket sales.

Ithaca College Progressives ~ Founder & Chairman  (2013 – 2015)

  • Presided over meetings, managed web presence, planned and executed community, activist, and recruiting events.

Ithaca College First Year Hall Council ~ President (2013 - 2014)

  • Presided over meetings, managed the council budget, and helped plan, organize, and execute community events.

Honors, Awards, and Professional Memberships

International City/County Management Association ~ Full Member (2019 - Present)

Connecticut City/County Management Association ~ Full Member (2019 - Present)

Albert G. Ilg Fellowship in Local Government Award ~ Dept. Public Policy, University of Connecticut (2019)

Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Honors Society Member ~ UConn Chapter (2019)

Joseph M. and Susan Stampler Parensky '68 Fellowship ~ Wheaton College (2017)

Best Delegate Award ~ Five College Model United Nations (2016 & 2017)

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society Member ~ Alpha Iota Tau Chapter  (2016)

Who’s Who Among American College & Universities Winner ~ Who’s Who  (2015)

Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership ~ Ithaca College  (2015)

Ithaca College Leadership Scholar ~ Ithaca College  (2013 - 2015)

Eagle Scout Award ~ Waterford, CT Troop 29  (August 2013)

Theatre & Stage Credits


The Laramie Project, Various Roles ~ WATERFORDrama (October 2018)

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Various Roles ~ WATERFORDrama (October 2018)

TRUTH ~ Project Bright (August 2018)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Snout/Wall ~ WATERFORDrama (November 2017)

Fiddler on the Roof, Motel ~ East Lyme Regional Theatre (July 2017)

The Gentlemen Callers Acappella Group ~ Co-Pitch (August 2015 - May 2016)

The Laramie Project, Various Roles ~ Greens Theatre Project (April 2014)

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Various Roles ~ Greens Theatre Project (April 2014)

Guys and Dolls, Nicely Nicely Johnson ~ WATERFORDrama (May 2013)

The Laramie Project, Various Roles ~ Mitchell College Drama Society (April 2013)

The Laramie Project, Various Roles ~ WATERFORDrama (January 2013)

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Various Roles ~ WATERFORDrama (January 2013)

The Wiz, Uncle Henry & Ensemble ~ East Lyme Regional Theatre (July 2012)

Les Miserables, Javert ~ WATERFORDrama (May 2012)

The Spotlight Cabaret 2011, Soloist ~ WATERFORDrama (November 2011)

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Matt ~ WATERFORDrama (October 2011)

Children of Eden, Ham ~ East Lyme Regional Theatre (August 2011)

The Pajama Game, Ensemble ~ WATERFORDrama (May 2011)

Our Town ~ WATERFORDrama (January 2011)

A Piece of My Heart, Various Roles ~ WATERFORDrama (October 2010)

This Memory of Mine, Soloist ~ East Lyme Regional Theater (August 2010)

Fiddler on the Roof, Mendel ~ WATERFORDrama (May 2010)

Noises Off, Lloyd Dallas ~ WATERFORDrama (January 2010)

Vocal Instruction ~ Dr. David Parks, Ithaca College School of Music

Vocal Instruction ~ Lynne Floyd, Mitchell College


[Insert Title], Executive Producer ~ Project Bright (August 2019)

TRUTH, Executive Producer ~ Project Bright (August 2018)

BREXIT, Executive Producer ~ Project Bright (August 2017)

RENT, Executive Producer ~ Greens Theatre Project (November 2014)

A Knight at the Theater, Executive Producer ~ Lancer Theatre Productions (November 2012)


The Laramie Project ~ Greens Theatre Project (April 2014)

The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later ~ Greens Theatre Project (April 2014)

Next Time ~ Lancer Theatre Productions (November 2012)


24 Hour Theatre Festival 2013 ~ The Lobster Players (August 2013)


International Thespian Society ~ Inducted June 2012
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout/Wall) 2017
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout/Wall) 2017
  • Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) 2017
    Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) 2017
  • Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely) 2013
    Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely) 2013
  • Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely) 2013
    Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely) 2013
  • The Laramie Project (Various Rolls) w/WATERFORDrama, 2013
    The Laramie Project (Various Rolls) w/WATERFORDrama, 2013
  • Les Miserables (Javert) 2012
    Les Miserables (Javert) 2012
  • The Spotlight Cabaret (Soloist) 2011
    The Spotlight Cabaret (Soloist) 2011
  • This Memory of Mine (Soloist) 2010
    This Memory of Mine (Soloist) 2010
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout/Wall) 2017
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout/Wall) 2017