Middletown Mayor Selects New City Parking Director

Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said Friday that the former director of transportation services and resort operations for Mohegan Sun is his choice for the city's new parking director.
Giuliano said he selected Thomas Hartley after he interviewed the top four candidates for the new position, along with Joseph Bibisi the common council's Republican deputy mayor and Jennifer Alexander, founder of KidCity Children's Museum. Hartley's proposed salary was not available.

Hartley worked for Mohegan Sun from 2001 to 2008 and served as the business unit leader for theme park operations for Walt Disney World from 1988 to 2001, Giuliano said. He has a business management degree from the University of Phoenix, a master's degree in hospitality administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a master's of business administration degree in finance from the University of Connecticut.

The common council is expected to review Hartley's credentials and vote on his appointment March 2. If appointed, Hartley will lead the city's newly created parking department.

Giuliano said he wants Hartley to evaluate the city's parking needs, meet with the parking advisory committee and recommend changes. Generating more revenue at the Melilli Plaza parking lot which is scheduled to be renovated will be among Hartley's directives, Giuliano said.

Bibisi said Hartley, the interview committee's second choice, has "extensive" experience in commercial parking and in parking development, but less experience generating revenue. Bibisi said Hartley needs to revamp the city's billing system, generate more revenue at the Melilli lot and bring the city's parking meters up to date.

"I'm confident that he's up to the measure," Bibisi said

Marie Kalita-Leary, director of the Downtown Business District, said she has not met Hartley, but was impressed with his resume. Kalita-Leary's group used its own money to advertise the city's request for applications at the International Parking Institute.

Kalita-Leary said she hopes Hartley can bring Disney's reputation for friendly service to Middletown and help the business district improve signs identifying city's lots, public buildings and attractions.
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