Proclamation lauds Richards' 'dedicated service' to Wilton

Declaring that Dr. Gary Richards “served with great distinction for the past ten years” as the Wilton public schools’ superintendent, First Selectman William Brennan issued an official proclamation on June 26 expressing, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and citizens, “our sincerest appreciation ... for all of his accomplishments and dedicated service to our community...”

Dr. Richards, who officially retired at the end of June, “has had a long, distinguished career in the education field, advancing Wilton’s ‘Commitment to Excellence’ resulting in Wilton’s successive high rankings in nationwide polls, advancing Wilton’s Schools as an ‘Employer of Choice’, producing low teacher attrition rate and the development of innovative and challenging professional development opportunities,” the proclamation reads.

In 2013, he was named Connecticut Superintendent of the Year, “a pinnacle of achievement in the education profession and an honor for both Gary” and the town, the proclamation continues.

Dr. Richards, whose career in education has spanned more than 40 years, was also cited for his participation in community groups and causes

He “has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the Wilton community though his involvement in local civic organizations including Wilton Kiwanis, Wilton Education Foundation, A Better Chance of Wilton, the United Way,” the proclamation further declared, and being the high school’s “biggest fan and supporter at all Wilton Warrior football games and musical/theater performances.”