John Toomey

Zoning Board of Appeals (term expires 2021)

John, a Bolton native and graduate of Bolton High School, has a long history of involvement in the local community.

After serving for four years on the Board of Finance, in 2013 John was elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 2016 the Bolton Board of Selectmen appointed him to be a Justice of the Peace.

John’s involvement in Bolton politics began when he joined the Bolton Democratic Town Committee in 1972. He served as chair of the committee in 1975–1976 and then from 2008 to 2016 and was vice chair from 2006 to 2008. In 1974–1975 and again from 1982 to 1988, he was party secretary. From 1999 until 2005, he was a member of the Wethersfield Democratic Town Committee and was the 7th District Captain.

John worked for 33 years at the State of Connecticut, Department of Labor, most recently in their Office of Research. He chaired the DOL’s Central Safety and Health Committee and served as president of the Connecticut chapter of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security before retiring.

In the summer of 2011, he was appointed by the Connecticut Speaker of the House to serve on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Employment Security Advisory Board and was reappointed in 2015. From 2011 until 2015 he was president and chairman of the board of the Connecticut Labor Department Federal Credit Union, serving before that as vice president.

In May 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy appointed John to the DOL’s Board of Mediation and Arbitration, where he serves as an Alternate Labor Member working as an arbitrator.

One of John’s passions is local history. He has been president of the Bolton Historical Society since 2003, serving before that as vice president. Since 2007 he has been a board member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. From 2001 to 2004 he served on the Wethersfield Historic District Commission as a commissioner alternate.

John is also president of the Bolton Alumni Association, an organization he helped found and has led since 2001. In 2001 John designed the Bolton Veterans Monument and Honor Roll, located on the town green. In 2003, John was inducted into the Bolton Public Schools’ “Alumni Wall of Fame.”

Since 1999, John has been an active member of the Bolton Scholarship Fund and was elected Vice President in 2016.

In his spare time John collects and sells American union-made glassware from the twentieth century at specialty antique shows with his spouse of nearly 30 years, Jim Dwire. Jim, who owns Two J’s, a Bolton business, is also the Bolton Democratic Registrar of Voters.

John earned his A.A. from Manchester Community College, later completing a B.A. in political science at Central Connecticut State University.

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