Ridgefield’s McNamara appointed to state panel

State Rep. John Frey (R-Ridgefield) is pleased to announce that Ridgefield resident Paul McNamara has been appointed to the Commission on Compensation of State Elected Officials and Judges.

McNamara was appointed to the post by House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero, at the request of Rep. Frey.

For his part, Rep. Frey said he is confident that McNamara will serve the state well in his new role, which is a four-year term set to expire on June 30, 2014.

“I have known Paul McNamara to be an intelligent, hard-working individual, and I know he will perform well in his role with the commission,” said Rep. Frey. “Paul has been actively involved in the Ridgefield community in a variety of ways for many years, and his experience will serve the commission well. His role as Chairman of Fairfield County Bank makes him keenly aware of compensation issues.”

“I am honored to be appointed to the Commission on Compensation because of the important work that the Commission performs,” said McNamara. The appointment takes affect immediately.

McNamara practiced law with the law firm of Donnelly, McNamara & Gustafson, P.C.  from 1970-1996. 
In 1986, Mr. McNamara accepted the position of Chairman of the Board of Ridgefield Bank, now Fairfield County Bank, (with 330 employees) and continues as its chairman. 
McNamara graduated from American University in Washington with a BS in Finance and earned a Law Degree from the University of Maine School of Law.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
McNamara is active in several community organizations including Danbury Hospital Development Fund and serves on the Danbury Hospital Governance Committee; Paul is a Director of the Branchville Fresh Air Fund and the Ridgefield Fund. He was the Chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield Capital Campaign for a new club facility. 
He and his wife reside in Ridgefield, and have two grown children.

The Compensation Commission is charged with recommending to the General Assembly legislative proposals for salary, expenses, pension, workers’ compensation and any other benefits to be paid to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Comptroller, members of the General Assembly and judges of the courts of the state, except judges of probate. The commission is made up of eight members with appointees from the Governor and Legislative Leaders.

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