Kit Devereaux, a resident of New Canaan for 28 years who has served since 2017 on the Board of Selectmen, is moving to Maryland next month.
The Democrat is moving to Annapolis to be near her daughter, grandson and brother as well as her husband Robert Geitz’s best friend, she said.
Asked how she felt about leaving her longtime home, Devereaux said she was “filled with nostalgia and sadness.”
“New Canaan has been such an important place to me,” she told NewCanaanite.com. “It’s the place I’ve lived longest in my lifetime. I have so many friends here and I’ve been so involved in the community that the concept of leaving it is very sad.”
Devereaux said she’s moving mid-August.
Under Chapter Three of the Town Charter, Devereaux is to notify her fellow selectman and the Town Council chair of her resignation by certified mail, and those three shall meet within 15 days to vote in a replacement to fill her term.
A former Councilman who retired from a career in finance and had served on New Canaan’s Board of Finance, Parks and Recreation Commission and Charter Revision Commission, Devereaux in 2017 ran for first selectman. She lost by just 33 votes and was re-elected handily in 2019.
Affable and articulate, Devereaux from her selectman seat has consistently voiced concerns about some of the changes coming from First Selectman Kevin Moynihan—for example, selling Vine Cottage, overhauling the town’s sewer tax structure and, more recently, changing the way residents are charged at the dump and ousting former Emergency Management Director Mike Handler. Though as a minority party representative on the Board of Selectmen, the vote has often gone the other way—such as with the demolition of the Mead Park Brick Barn—Devereaux has at times found common ground with Selectman Nick Williams to foil Moynihan, such as when he moved to disband working volunteer groups such as the Youth Sports and Spencer’s Run Committees.
Asked about her contributions as selectman, Devereaux said she hoped that she’s been a voice “that slows down impetuous change.”
“I hope that I’ve brought up points that make the Board question decisions, and bring in a viewpoint that is less traditional,” she said.
Asked for her opinion on qualities in a successor to fill her term, Devereaux said, “”I think it would be important that it be a woman, given that we already have two men [on the Board], and somebody who knows the town well.” (The Democratic Town Committee likely will recommend a successor, she said. The Board is subject to state laws regarding minority party representation.)
Asked for his thoughts, Williams said, “Kit Devereaux is the epitome of a New Canaan citizen volunteer. She is thoughtful, articulate, kind and always has the best interests of our town in the top of her mind. I have throughly enjoyed working with her on the Board of Selectmen and will miss our personal interactions at our meetings and around tow. I think she’s terrific. She’s a terrific person. And I certainly wish her the best of luck down in Annapolis. As a sailor, I’m a bit jealous. But it’s wonderful that she can be closer to her family during these days of pandemic. Clearly being closer to your family during times like this is important because you cant necessarily rely on planes, trains and automobiles to see your family. I completely understand but she will be greatly missed.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in English History from Hamilton College, Devereaux earned an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She worked most recently for Salomon Brothers, as vice president of sales and trading in Chicago and New York.
Widely known in New Canaan for her involvement in community organizations, she is a past president of the League of Women Voters as well as the New Canaan Nature Center, and a past board member at New Canaan Library and Staying Put in New Canaan. Devereaux also is a past vestry member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where she has organized the White Elephant Sale at May Fair.