First selectmen’s office has a new face
Rudy has a new right-hand — or right-hand woman.
Amy Escribano has taken over as the administrator in First Selectman Rudy Marconi’s office, following in the footsteps — and at the desk and keyboard and phone — of Wendy Lionetti, who stepped down to take over as town clerk with the retirement of Barbara Serfilippi after her decades of service as town clerk.
“Grew up in Danbury. Danbury High School. WestConn. Local girl,” Escribano said, describing her background.
She lives in New Fairfield now, she said, with a family that includes her husband, Edgardo Escribano, and daughter, Layla, 6.
Relevant job experience?
“Administrative, yes,” she said. “For a town, for a government — no.”
She worked previously for Camuto Group, in the fashion footwear industry. She was administrative assistant to the C.O.O. — chief operating officer — of the Greenwich-based firm.
How did she happen to seek employment as the Jill-of-all-trades whose duties including keeping Ridgefield’s first selectman organized, on time, and ready to keep the town rolling?
“Honestly, I’d seen it posted on the website and thought I’d give it a try. I thought it would be a good position to be a part of,” she said.
She follows a line of administrators just about as long as the list of first selectmen they’ve helped meet the wide-ranging demands of their jobs. Going back 40 years, Ridgefield’s first selectmen have been Lou Fossi, Liz Leonard, Sue Manning, Abe Morelli and Rudy Marconi.
Over that time the selectman’s administrator’s office has been filled by Nancy Servadio, Hilda Monti, Reggie Yannuzzi, Wendy Lionetti and, now, Amy Escribano.
Less than one full day in, during the later afternoon of Monday, Sept. 17, Escribano had begun to see how much there will be to know.
“Already today has been quite a learning experience,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”