Wendy Lionetti will be next town clerk

Wendy Lionetti, new town clerk, displays the ceremonial
Wendy Lionetti, new town clerk, displays the ceremonial “key to the office” presented to her Monday night by retiring Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi. — Macklin Reid photo

It’s Wendy!

Wendy Gannon Lionetti, longtime administrator in First Selectman Rudy Marconi’s office, has been named Ridgefield’s next town clerk.

“Weny has worked with me in my office for the last 14 years,” Marconi said at the selectmen’s meeting Monday night, Aug. 13. “...She’s been through a lot.”

A burst of applause greeted the announcement that Lionetti was the choice — she acknowledged it, standing up and beaming a wide smile, but offered no comment.

“We had 19 applications,” Marconi said, “...one floated to the top.”

Lionetti will succeed Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi, who is retiring at the end of August.

The early appointment will allow Lionetti and Serfilippi — who shared a hug after the selectmen’s vote — to work together for a few weeks “going over the duties and responsibilities,” as Marconi put it.

The move to appoint was made by Selectwoman Barbara Manners and seconded by Selectman Steve Zemo.

The vote was 4-0-1, with Marconi abstaining due to his long close working relationship with Lionetti.

The appointment runs only a little over a year — through November 2019, when the town clerk’s office will be filled by election, as dictated by charter and long tradition.