Leo Paul, Jr. (Incumbent)
First Selectman, 2 Year Term
As Litchfield’s First Selectman, Leo has worked hard through teamwork and perseverance to get some very difficult projects completed in town and to secure more than $17.3 million in federal, state and local grants during his tenure. Committed to ensuring we are spending residents’ tax dollars wisely, effectively and efficiently, while preserving programs and services, Leo will continue to lead the Board of Selectmen toward working collaboratively with the Boards of Finance and Education to get things done while keeping Litchfield safe and affordable for our citizens.
“I’m proud of the relationship that I’ve built between the Boards of Selectmen, Finance and Education over the years and the cooperative spirit we’ve had in doing what is in the best interest of the town and our citizens. We’ve made a lot of progress during my tenure and I’m honored by the trust the voters have placed in my ability to move the town forward. I pledge to continue working with my fellow Selectmen and other Boards in a manner that is beneficial to the members of our community.”
A retired U.S. Air Force officer and former corporate executive, Leo is an avid outdoorsman committed to preserving the rural character of Litchfield for generations to come. He is an active civic volunteer who regularly runs the Litchfield Hills Road Race and past participant in the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. He is a member of the Litchfield Lions Club (past Secretary, past "Lion of the Year"), the American Legion, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Masons, Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge.
David T. Wilson, 66th State Representative, says, “Leo is well respected and seen as a leader by his peers and serves our community at the local, regional and state levels, in fact, Leo has earned great respect from State Legislators, on both sides of the aisle. His presence at the State Capital, before State Leadership has garnered immeasurable benefits for Litchfield." Leo currently serves as President of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST), the Executive Board and Board of Directors for the Connecticut Council of Municipalities (CCM) and the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, appointed by State Senior Leadership to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), is the former Chairman of the Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials, currently serving as its Secretary. Leo has continually been selected by fellow town CEOs to serve on the Board which lobbies on behalf of small towns throughout Connecticut in Hartford and the National League of Cities in Washington DC.
Leo and his wife, Jennifer, live in the home they built on Chestnut Hill. Leo’s son, daughter-in-law and grandson call Connecticut home as well.