Zoning commissioner Tim Dunphy steps down

Tim Dunphy
Tim Dunphy

Tim Dunphy — not the famous actor Tim Robbins, as he was once mistaken for — is stepping down from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

He’s moving to Manhattan.

“It’s been a pleasure working with all of you,” he said to fellow commissioners at their Oct. 23 meeting.

“And you, too,” he added, looking at Robert Jewell, the attorney who most frequently represents applicants before the commission. “You’re a good lawyer.”

Who will he miss the most?

“The staff has been unbelievable,” he told the room in October.

New commissioner

Once Dunphy submits his official resignation letter to the town clerk’s office, the commission will have 30 days to approve a new commissioner to fill his seat under the town charter, said Alex Harris, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC).

Dunphy’s departure leaves a Democratic seat open on the commission, which will have to be filled by a registered Democrat, Planning and Zoning Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti told The Press.

The commission will hold interviews on the prospective candidates before making a final vote on who to appoint to the empty seat, Mucchetti said.

“Ridgefield DTC is reviewing potential candidates for endorsement and plans to deliver a recommendation by mid-November so that P&Z will have time to perform their public interview and deliberation processes prior to the charter deadline,” Harris said Oct. 31.

According to Mucchetti, the commission plans to have a new member in place by the end of the month.

Under the town charter, if the commission fails to fill the vacant seat within 30 days, then the decision is handed over to the town Board of Selectmen, who decide on a new commissioner by majority vote.

'We'll miss you'

Dunphy’s last meeting as a commissioner was on Oct. 30 — the fourth public hearing on the Ridgefield Winter Club.

“We are sorry to lose his extraordinary skill set,” Mucchetti said of Dunphy. “And his wicked sense of humor!”

Dunphy joined the commission in early 2014 by running unopposed to fill a vacant seat.

“We’ll miss you, Timothy,” said commissioner John Katz.

“You’ve been a valuable member,” said commission vice chairman Joe Fossi.

“Occasionally, a pain in the ass,” added Katz.