Marcia Leclerc accepted the oath of office as Mayor of the Town of East Hartford on January 10, 2010 and was elected to her first full term on November 8, 2011. She is a lifelong resident, leader, and champion for the community of East Hartford.
Prior to her position as the Chief Elected Official, Marcia Leclerc served on the East Hartford Town Council for eight years from 2003 to 2011. While on the council, she served as Majority Leader and chair of Personnel & Pension, Fees, and the Budget Committees.
During her time as Mayor, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to economic development, customer service, attention to detail and creating and ensuring a balanced budget. Additionally, she has introduced a number of initiatives, including the successful transition of all employees to a High Deductible Health Plan & Health Savings Account, established the Silver Lane Redevelopment Group, Main Street Improvement Committee, the East Hartford Citizen's Academy, and the Healthy East Hartford Program, while securing funds and completing the renovation and expansion of the Raymond Library and the construction of Fire Station No. 5 which has received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first fire station in Connecticut to achieve such a designation.
Additionally, Mayor Leclerc spearheaded the enrollment of the East Hartford Police Department into the CALEA Program that led to the department’s successful national accreditation. The accreditation is an instrumental accomplishment that recognizes the police department’s full commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the East Hartford community and compliance with international standards of 21st century policing.
Community involvement has always been Mayor Leclerc’s priority. To maintain a positive relationship with her community and local business owners, Mayor Leclerc initiated a variety of outreach programs, such as “Lunch with the Mayor” and “Business Visitations” to hear from the community first-hand. To further foster community involvement and pride, with Mayor Leclerc’s support, the East Hartford Library began offering a stream of programs on leadership under the “Propel East Hartford” initiative to benefit our community and engage individuals in ways that are meaningful and exciting. Additionally, every year Mayor Leclerc brings the community together for the “Mayor’s Cleanup,” to revitalize and beautify our town and inspire a sense of pride within our community.
Mayor Leclerc has been a lifelong champion of the East Hartford community and local seniors, and throughout her tenure it’s been her goal to provide them with a state-of-the-art senior center offering activities, exercise, creative classes and wellness under one roof. Mayor Leclerc has championed a new Town Senior Center to open in 2020 and has begun the renovation of ADA accessibility improvements to reopen the Wickham Library branch.
In 2014, the Mayor orchestrated the transformation of the neglected Town Golf Course returning it to a well maintained and managed town asset and instituted a town wide maintenance and landscaping improvement program for all town-owned buildings and properties. Additionally, Mayor Leclerc has been dedicated to the redevelopment of the Silver Lane Corridor to create a new sense of place and pride for the entire community, while opening up new opportunities for further improvement. As part of her revitalization efforts, Mayor Leclerc’s goal has been to redevelop Founders Plaza with the goal of making it a live, work, play destination. Throughout her tenure in public service, she has especially focused on ways to keep the community an attractive, vibrant and appealing place to live, work and raise a family. As such, she has championed the rehabilitation of local trails that have long been deteriorated and spearheaded a number of anti-blight initiatives.
The Mayor’s focus on the preservation of the environment for future generations has led to the installation of solar canopy and rooftop installations at schools and town buildings, converted over 5,0000 streetlights to LED and entered into three Energy Performance Contracts to reduce energy costs and their related carbon footprint. That commitment was recognized by the U. S. Department of Energy with an invitation to join the Better Building’s Challenge in order to reduce energy use in town buildings by 20% by 2020. In 2019, the Town of East Hartford earned a Sustainable CT designation, recognizing the town’s successful sustainability efforts.
Before entering public service, Mayor Leclerc worked for over twenty years as the Director of Public Relations ‐ Northeast Region for Service Corporation International and most recently served as the State Director of Education for CT Association of REALTORS®.
Mayor Leclerc holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University. Mayor Leclerc serves on the Boards of Directors for many civic and community organizations and is the Founder and Past President of the Friends of East Hartford Senior Centers, Inc. She is a board member of Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and serves on CCM’s Committee of Large Towns. Mayor Leclerc is the chair of the Connecticut Regional Council of Governments (CCROG), board member of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), ex-officio board member of the Riverfront Recapture, a board of directors member of the Metro Hartford Alliance, a member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), executive board member of CIRMA, chair of the Capital Workforce Partners, co-chair of School Readiness Council and a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Locally, she is a proud member of the East Hartford Rotary Club, East Hartford Woman’s Club, East Hartford Democratic Women’s Club, East Hartford Democratic Town Committee, Friends of East Hartford Senior Centers, Inc., East Hartford Chamber of Commerce and East Hartford School Business Partnership.