Marconi, police chief eye Juvenile Review Board

A juvenile review board — an appointed board of counselors and attorneys tasked with interceding in the cases of underage offenders — has the support of the chief of police and first selectman. The idea has been floated by the town for the past two years, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Former Police Chief John Roche had proposed the … read more

Ridgebury’s arrow signs may be fewer some day

The numerous arrow signs that appeared in Ridgebury late last year — 17 on the sweeping S-curve of Old Stagecoach Road, and another 26 along winding Ned’s Mountain Road — may be reduced in number. Eventually, town officials hope. “The good news is that we will eventually be able to take signs down,” Police Commission Chairman George Kain said after … read more

Democrats seek candidate for vacant Police Commission seat

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Commission (DTC) is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Police Commission. Police Commissioner Stephen Saloom resigned from his position effective Jan. 1, 2019, pursuant to a temporary work relocation to the Washington, DC area. Per the town’s charter, the Police Commission has 30 days to fill the vacancy and must fill the vacancy … read more

Letter: Serving on Police Commission was an honor

To the Editor: It’s with sincere regret that I resign my seat on the Ridgefield Board of Police Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2019, due to a necessary yet temporary move to Washington D.C., I was honored to have been elected commissioner in 2017. My hope was to share with Ridgefield, the Commission, and the Police Department that which I’ve learned … read more

In Ridgebury, state goes sign crazy

Signs, signs, signs — a seeming truckload of them, have been put up by the state in Ridgebury, and the town is working to get them taken down. “They are back to back,” Conservation Commission member Eric Beckenstein told the Board of Selectmen. “My car thinks it’s running into a wall.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the board that he’d … read more

Kreitz sworn in as Chief of Police

Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff Kreitz was sworn in during a ceremony at Lounsbury House Wednesday, Nov. 14. Police Commission Chair Charlie Knoche delivered a speech before town clerk Wendy Lionetti led Kreitz in reciting his oath as Chief of Police. Molly Kreitz, his wife, pinned the police chief’s badge on the lapel of his uniform. Commission secretary George Kain and … read more

Police chief search starts with insiders

The search for a new police chief will start close to home — inside the Ridgefield Police Department — though a broader search may be undertaken if interviews with three applicants currently serving the town don’t bring a consensus as to the best choice, Police Commission Chairman Charles Knoche said. “We know what their qualification are, we know they’re capable. … read more

Police chief retires; commission starts search

After a decade of leading the Ridgefield’s Police Department, and some 40 years in law enforcement, Police Chief John Roche has retired to deal with medical issues that have kept him off the job for most of the last couple of months. “He put in his resignation Friday,” Police Commission chairman Charles Knoche said Monday, Aug. 27. “He’s doing good. … read more

Republicans to host town traffic talk on June 22

The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee will host a forum at the library on Saturday, June 23, from 10 to noon to discuss town traffic issues. Chairwoman Hope Wise said that the forum is non-political. Joseph Savino, a member of the Police Commission, police Chief John Roche, and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission will attend the forum.

Police chief report to town hall? No, Charter Revision Commission decides

A tightening of the police chief’s reporting obligations to the first selectman was rejected by the Charter Revision Commission after a parade of police officials opposed the idea. “A lot of this stuff has to be kept confidential,” Police Commission Chairman Charlie Knoche said, “whether it’s domestic stuff or juveniles.” The charter commission voted unanimously Monday, March 12, against requiring … read more

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