The finance board is whole again. Assistant Town Treasurer Michael Rettger was voted to fill the seat left vacant by Board of Selectmen member Sean Connelly last month. Rettger, who has also served on the town\u2019s Pension Commission since January 2017, was nominated by the Democratic Town Committee. He was one of five candidates to come forward and apply for the opening. \u201cWe were impressed by the other four candidates\u2019 resumes and that\u2019s a testament to the talent that\u2019s in this town,\u201d said Board of Finance Chairman Dave Ulmer. Rettger, a Ridgefield resident since 1992, told the board that he has a background in the insurance business. \u201cI was in the business for 31 years ... I ran budgets, financial reports \u2014 mostly in a managerial role,\u201d he told the finance board Tuesday, Dec. 10. He retired four years ago and was appointed as assistant town treasurer soon thereafter. \u201cThe role at its core is a clerk job but Molly [McGeehin] has had me help out in other areas that interested me, so I\u2019ve been doing a little bit more than just being a clerk,\u201d Rettger said. Finance board member Amy Freidenrich noted that the town would have to fill the now vacant assistant town treasurer position. She also said Rettger would have to leave the Pension Commission, which he agreed he would. \u201cWe have the risk and audit committee coming in next week, so we\u2019d love to have you around for that,\u201d she said. \u201cWe want to make sure we\u2019re doing everything we can to be whole.\u201d The four board members asked Rettger two questions before unanimously voting for his appointment. \u201cYou\u2019re aware of our schedule?\u201d Freidenrich asked. \u201cThings heat up in March and April. It\u2019s mission critical that you\u2019re free those two months.\u201d Rettger said his calendar was clear for budget season. \u201cWhat\u2019s one thing you\u2019d like to impact in Ridgefield, as a member of the Board of Finance?\u201d asked new board member Karen Ogden. Rettger said that there was three components to the budget he\u2019d like to oversee. \u201cThe budget has to be adequate, it has to be honest and it has to be transparent,\u201d he said. \u201cThose are the three dimensions I\u2019d focus on from a budget oversight perspective.\u201d Freidenrich motioned to approve Rettger\u2019s appointment and Ogden seconded the motion. \u201cWelcome aboard,\u201d said Ulmer. \u201cWe\u2019re meeting next Tuesday. We\u2019ll have to have you sworn in by then.\u201d \u201cI\u2019ll get that taken care of as soon as possible,\u201d Rettger said.