Candidate Profile: Quentin Phipps (D) City Treasurer
Quentin “Q” Phipps is running to serve Middletown as City Treasurer. A lifelong resident of Middletown, Quentin is the son of Ms. Queen E. Williams. He currently resides on Andrew Street, where he bought his first home in 2005.
After graduating from the Middletown Public School system, Quentin attended Bryant University of Smithfield, Rhode Island. While at Bryant, Q was involved with a number of university organizations; including serving as President of the Student Senate, Treasurer of the INROADS Student Association, and as a resident assistant. For his service at Bryant, he earned the Martin Luther King Junior Leadership Award and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Shortly after his graduation from Bryant, Quentin continued working in the banking sector. In less than two years, he earned a banking center manager position where he has worked in numerous cities and towns in Hartford and Middlesex counties.
Q takes great pride in his involvement with numerous charitable and service organizations. He serves on the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater Board of Directors, Mount Saint John's Board of Directors, Middlesex Substance Abuse Action Council Board of Directors and as an active member in Cross Street Zion A.M.E.Church, The Middletown Democratic Town Committee, Middletown Young Democrats, and with the Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE).
This is Quentin’s third opportunity to serve the City of Middletown. In 2007, Q filled a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning commission. In 2009, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission.
As chair Quentin lead efforts to update the plan of development, spearheaded efforts for river front development planning, managed a comprehensive review of the commission's bylaws, and provided numerous public workshops to foster open discussion between the commission and the greater community.
As city treasurer, Quentin will develop strategies to provide tax relief, invest in local businesses, and utilize best practices on fiscally responsible use of bonding. He is committed to providing financial leadership and working cooperatively with both parties as a compromising and independent voice.
Quentin's experience in banking, management, fund-raising, and business development will provide opportunities for smart economic development, sound fiscal policy implementation, and investment in Middletown's unique assets.