Edward M. O’Brien was elected the 11th mayor of West Haven- Connecticut’s youngest city- in 2013. Before taking office, Ed O’Brien, a lifelong West Havener, was the founder and owner of GoldWorks at 499 Campbell Ave. a jewelry repair and retail shop that has operated in the heart of the downtown business district for more than 25 years.
The honorable mayor, a proud “Blue Devil” and 1982 alumnus of West Haven High School, graduated from The Ezra F. Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, an institution “dedicated to the training and education of skilled craftsmen.” He also graduated from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America in New York City.
Mayor O’Brien has been active in West Haven politics for over a decade. He is a former three-term councilman who was elected to the City Council in 2005 and was chairman of the 2009-11 session. As an at-large councilman, he was majority leader of the 2007-09 session and was chairman of the Redevelopment Committee, the Streets and Squares Committee, the Health, Welfare and Safety Committee and the Education Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Town Committee and has served the 8th District since 2004. As mayor, he is a nonvoting member of the City Council and the Board of Education.
Mayor O’Brien serves on the Community Development and Housing Standing Committee and the International Affairs Standing Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He sits on the Hazard Mitigation Advisory Committee of the South Central Regional Council of Governments and the West Haven Office of Emergency Management. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut. Mayor O’Brien was recently appointed to serve on the Chief Elected Officials Executive Committee of Workforce Alliance, the Task Force for Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal and Regional Shelters of the Connecticut General Assembly and serves as the chairman of MEDCOM, the agency that is in charge of ambulance dispatch in New Haven County.
Mayor O’Brien’s strong civic ties include serving on the Savin Rock Fireworks Committee and the West Haven High School PTSA. He is a member of the West Haven Irish-American Club and the West Haven Elks Lodge 1537. Previously, Mayor O’Brien served on the Bailey Middle School PTSA and the West Haven Business Association. He also served on the board of directors of the West Haven Community House and was secretary of the South Central Connecticut Regional Emergency Communications System, formerly known as CMED.
Mayor O’Brien enjoys spending time with his family. He resides on Platt Avenue in West Shore with his wife of 29 years, Roberta Madden O’Brien. They have two children, Caitlin O’Brien, a senior at the University of Tampa who graduated in 2013 from West Haven High School, and David O’Brien, a junior at West Haven High.