Ridgefield Community Development Director Jeff Niten is resigning his position effective January 4, 2019. He has accepted a position as the City Manager in the City of Shelton. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the City staff and community over the last four years and helping to meet the challenges we’ve all faced in this unique and fast-growing community,” Jeff said. “The work is incredibly important to the people that call this place home and I’m very proud of what we have been able to accomplish to make Ridgefield the best it can be.”
In his four years with the City, Jeff has helped to create and implement plans to shape development. With his leadership, the City has seen changes that meet local needs such as new quality neighborhoods with parks, open spaces, and heritage trees that preserve our environmental quality. Jeff has helped support the historic downtown through his work with Ridgefield Main Street and helping create a designated Arts Quarter. Jeff also lead the planning processes including a new Comprehensive Growth Plan and subarea plans to assure Ridgefield grows in a thoughtful, high quality way that retains the City’s small town charm and connection to the natural environment. And, he leaves a fully staff, professional Community Development Department that will make a transition successful.
City Manager Steve Stuart thanked Jeff for his work with the City. “On behalf of the City and the Ridgefield community, I want to express my appreciation to Jeff for his exceptional service. The results of his dedication to the City and the community will be seen and experienced now and in the future by people living, working, and playing in Ridgefield. We wish him luck in his professional career and his next adventure.”
The City will begin a recruitment process for a new Community Development Director in late December.