After combat with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, and working in the Middle East and Asia on “national security, diplomacy and defense issues” for the federal government, Anthony Ippoliti can probably handle the issues encountered by Ridgefield’s sometimes embattled Parking Authority.
“We need diplomacy,” Selectmen Bob Hebert told him. “You may even need your background on defense issues.”
The Board of Selectmen appointed Ippoliti to a vacancy on the five-member Parking Authority by a unanimous vote in November.
Anthony Ippoliti is a Ridgefield native, a 2002 graduate of Ridgefield High School, and has an economics degree from the University of Connecticut. His work for the federal government had taken him to Malaysia, Jordan and Washington, D.C.
“There’s no place better in the world than Ridgefield, Connecticut,” he told the selectmen.
Returning from several years overseas, Ippoliti moved back to Ridgefield with his family — he and his wife have three kids under six — and was looking for a way to serve the town he grew up in. He noticed a vacancy on the Parking Authority, which he thought would have an important role in the future of Main Street.
“I saw the Parking Authority,” he said. “I think Main Street is the heart and soul of the town.”
Ippoliti’s brother, Michael Ippoliti, is a commercial property owner and developer in town — he’s currently building the new houses on the corner of Main and Gilbert streets.
Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark asked if the family had any village district holdings that might be affected Parking Authority decisions.
“We have properties around town, but none in the area we’re talking about,” Ippoliti said.
After attending a couple of Parking Authority meetings, Ippoliti said, he thought the group was “striking a pretty good balance” in its decisions.
Selectwoman Barbara Manners noted that Parking Authority member Jessica Wilmot had attended the meeting.
“Backing him up,” Wilmot said.
Selectman Steve Zemo made the motion for Ippoliti to fill the Parking Authority vacancy, and Manners seconded it.
“Something about Ridgefield brings you back here,” Ippoliti said.
“Welcome back,” Kozlark said, “and thank you for your service — truly.”