Rudy Marconi, a native of Ridgefield, grew up here attending St. Mary School and Ridgefield High School. Upon graduating college Rudy went to work in the paper and printing industry and returned to Ridgefield in the late 1980s to join his Father’s contracting company.
In 1989 Rudy ran and won a seat on Planning and Zoning and served with that Commission for four years. In 1993 Rudy was elected to the Board of Selectmen and served four years, and in 1999 won his first election as First Selectman. Since then Rudy has been successful, being reelected for seven terms, the last two being four-year terms.
As First Selectman, Rudy has and continues to serve on many Regional Committees. Rudy is a member of the Western CT Council of Governments (WCCOG); Chairman of the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (HVMPO); and Chairman of DEMHS (Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security) Region 5, a State of CT organization responsible for the proper training and implementation of emergency procedures and protocols during emergencies. Ridgefield is a member of the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority (the regional agency responsible for the proper disposal of solid waste and the promotion of recycling) and Rudy has previously served as its Chair and currently serves as Vice Chair. Additionally, Rudy is a member of the Board of Directors of CCM (Connecticut Conference of Municipalities) and COST (The Council of Small Towns), both organizations working to promote municipalities in Hartford.
Rudy’s efforts promoting the well-being and health of residents is reflected in his establishment of the Lyme Disease Task Force and the Ridgefield Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse as well as his work as Chairman of the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse (HVCASA).