A veteran of 40 years with Merrill Lynch, James Carroll has been named an alternate on the town Board of Ethics — his first foray into town affairs.

“There are ethical challenges in my industry,” he told the selectmen. “I think I’ve been able to steer clear of those challenges.”

Carroll told the board he’d lived in town 24 years, and he and his wife have two grown daughters who’ve been through Ridgefield schools.

As he’s starting to wind down his career, he felt it was time to get more involved.

The selectmen were impressed.

“Forty years with Merrill Lynch!” said Selectman Bob Hebert. “To stay in the financial services industry for 40 years, I think you’ve earned our trust.”

The vote to make him a Board of Ethics alternate was 5-to-0.