Leading • Caring • Results

Board of Police Commissioners

OUR CANDIDATES

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Sharon Wicks Dornfeld & Ralph Money

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Sharon Wicks Dornfeld

About

Sharon Wicks Dornfeld likes Ridgefield so much that she moved here twice: first as a newlywed, and again a few years later to raise her family. For more than 40 years, Sharon and her husband Bill have been grateful for the opportunity to live in Ridgefield and to raise their children here.

Sharon believes that a healthy community requires active participation by its residents. Whenever she has seen an opportunity to contribute, she has also found it greatly satisfying and has met wonderful fellow Ridgefielders. Most recently, Sharon became a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a poll worker. Over the years, she has also volunteered with:

  • Town of Ridgefield, Juvenile Review Board (2019 - present)
  • Town of Ridgefield, Town Meeting Moderator (2001-present)
  • Town of Ridgefield, Justice of the Peace (1995-present)
  • Town of Ridgefield, Parking Violations Hearing Officer (1988-present)
  • Town of Ridgefield Elderly Tax Benefits Committee (1999-2000, 2002)
  • Town of Ridgefield Alcohol and Drug Use Commission (1992-1995)
  • A Better Chance in Ridgefield, Inc. (1986-2019; President 1987-1989, 2002-2005)
  • Appalachia Service Project/Jesse Lee UMC, Ridgefield (2006 - present)
  • Farmingville, East Ridge, RHS PTAS (1984-2001)
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ridgefield (1978-present)
  • National Charity League, Ridgefield Chapter (1996-2001)
  • Ridgefield Girls Scouts (1994-2001)
  • Safe Rides of Ridgefield (1995-2001)

Sharon has practiced law in Danbury since 1983. Her practice has focused on representing children in custody matters, guardianships and adoptions, neglect and abuse cases, and as victims of crimes. She also serves as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Danbury and is an Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a frequent continuing legal education speaker and has received numerous honors for her pro bono activities.

Sharon holds an AB in Communications & Political Science from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Why I'm Running

I am running for Ridgefield’s Board of Police Commissioners because our town is one of the safest communities in the country and I want to help it stay that way.  I believe a healthy community requires active participation by its residents, so I have volunteered continuously throughout my 40 years in Ridgefield, as a Town Meeting Moderator, Justice of the Peace, Parking Violations Hearing Officer, for A Better Chance in Ridgefield, the Appalachia Service Project, and on the Town’s Alcohol & Drug Use Commission, among other organizations.

We are fortunate to have a very fine police force here in Ridgefield.  They deserve all our respect and support for the professional and discreet service they provide to us every hour of every day.  It is easy to take them for granted.

Because our Ridgefield police are so professional, it is also easy to lose sight of how much is asked of them.  The State requires constant training.  Long hours of boring patrol are interrupted by moments of exposure to trauma or danger without warning.  On any given call, an officer may also be expected to be a social worker, psychologist, mediator, marriage counselor, or emergency medical provider.  Every split-second exercise of judgement is subject to later second-guessing by others not immediately involved.

My 38 years of work as a lawyer has given me insight into the perspective of the crime victims I represent.  I have a deep appreciation for the devotion and compassion of the police officers involved in their cases. My training and experience has provided me with a set of skills to analyze the legal and other issues from all sides, and to ask the questions which might otherwise not be asked.

Recent national events have shone a spotlight on police practices and procedures.  Where there is room for improvement in Ridgefield, I can contribute to that process. Where the work of our Police Department should be celebrated, I will be first in line to contribute to that as well.

I am honored to be running with Police Commissioner Ralph Money. I hope you will support us both by voting Line A on November 2nd, to keep Ridgefield both safe and caring.

Ralph Money

About

Ralph Money is a Connecticut native and a Ridgefield resident for over a decade. He was appointed to the Ridgefield Police Commission in early 2021 and seeks election for a full term in November.

Ralph brings to the Police Commission a near lifetime commitment to public safety, experience in emergency management and a passion for community service. Ralph wants to drive policies that keep Ridgefield both safe and caring.

Ralph has a compelling set of relevant experiences, skills and qualifications to make him a strong Police Commissioner. He also has held public safety policy positions that are both distinct and valuable to the Commission, the Police Department, and the people of our Town.

Ralph’s professional experiences related to public safety include:

  • American Red Cross, Executive and Disaster Relief Administration leadership roles based in Connecticut, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Boston. Served and managed disaster relief operations on multiple local and national disasters, such as: earthquakes (Northern California’s Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes), hurricanes (Andrew and others), and fires (Oakland Hills Firestorm) and numerous urban multi-family fires here in Connecticut).
  • Fairfield CT Fire Commissioner, two 5-year terms. Served as Chair and Ranking Member.
  • Police and Fire Pension Board Town of Fairfield CT, Trustee. Provided investment leadership and disability and related pension benefits oversight.

What has proven to be exceedingly helpful in Ralph's contributions to his public safety work as well as his voice on the Ridgefield Board of Police Commissioners has been his significant business experience, education, and acumen, all of which has added valuable insights to the Commission’s oversight and planning responsibilities.

Ralph’s relevant key skills include:

  • Public safety policy.
  • Labor relations, including contracts, pensions & benefits, grievance resolutions.
  • Strategic planning and budgeting.
  • Capital equipment planning and budgeting.
  • Collaborative leadership with senior officers and rank and file members.
  • Commitment to safety – for both our community members and public safety officers.

Since 1999 Ralph has worked for the nonprofit investment management firm Commonfund, based in Wilton, where he serves as a managing director. He works with over 500 colleges, health systems, foundations, pension plans, and other institutional investors to help grow their investments through long-term investment performance with a distinct emphasis on private investments such as venture capital, private equity and environmental sustainability. In many ways, Ralph’s work helps move his clients’ missions forward, for example, more scholarship support to students.

Ralph has over 30 years of experience in investments, investor relations, nonprofit financial and general management and institutional banking. Prior to joining Commonfund, Ralph held various leadership positions within foundation and mission-based organizations including the American Red Cross. His responsibilities included setting strategic directions, financial and investment management, advancement and resource development. Ralph also spent four years at the Chase Manhattan Bank.

He currently serves on the investment committee of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA. Ralph also has served on the boards of directors and as a leadership volunteer for numerous organizations including the United Way, Rotary, and his children’s schools.

Ralph is a graduate of Fairfield Prep, received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Why I'm Running

I am running for Police Commissioner to keep Ridgefield both safe and caring.

I believe that I have a particularly robust set of relevant experiences, skills and qualifications to make me a strong working member of the Commission. I also have public safety policy positions that are both distinct and valuable to the Commission, the Police Department, and the people of our Town.

I am running on a platform that has, at its very core, a Police Department grounded on a strong foundation of six values:

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Justice
  • Accountability
  • Public safety should not be political

Upon this strong foundation, my policy priorities will emphasize protecting, leading and investing in six critical areas:

  1. Protecting our community’s most vulnerable members with special programs that support our seniors and our youth.
  2. Protecting our local businesses.
  3. Leading the way in community policing, where all our officers are community police officers.
  4. Leading the way in both caring and accountability and how the department carries out its duties and responsibilities each day.
  5. Investing in our people through training and development.
  6.  Investing in technology and equipment to keep our community and officers safe.

In addition, I will continue to:

  • Be a good listener
  • Ensure that our citizens are treated fairly by our officers and without prejudice.
  • Maintain the high level of professionalism currently found in our Police Department today.
  • Address public concerns over traffic, speeding and other traffic violations that endanger our safety.
  • Sponsor, support and expand officer wellness and continuing education programs to maximize the productivity of our officers and their service to our Town.
  • Support training programs that increase our knowledge of how to keep our schools safe and how to respond to specific emergency situations.
  • Safeguard and monitor our capital and operating budgets to minimize our cost while still providing our Town with the best service possible while being mindful of budget budgetary constraints.

I respectfully ask for your trust and vote on November 2nd and to keep Ridgefield both safe and caring.


Election day is November 2nd, 2021


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