Delivering Results for Our Community
Robert Ritacco, Chairman
Robert Ritacco has been a member of the Westerly Democratic Town Committee since 1996, and took post as its Chairman in 1999. He served on the Town Council from 1996-1998, and held several positions on Town Boards, including:
-Chairman/member of the Zoning Board of Review
-Chairman/member of the Comprehensive Plan Committee
-Vice Chairman/member of the new Highway Garage building Committee
-Vice Chairman/member of the Bike Path Committee
-Westerly High School Renovation Committee
Bob is also an active member of local civic organizations:
-Westerly–Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce
-Westerly Yacht club - Served on Board of Directors
-Westerly Elks club - past President/Exalted Ruler
He is a Self-Employed Accountant at Ritacco & Associates, located at 84 Oak Street in Westerly, and has been an IRS-sponsored volunteer tax program coordinator (VITA) since 1997 to present.
Jon Lallo, First Vice Chairman
Jon D. Lallo is a lifelong resident of the Town of Westerly. He has been a member of the Westerly Democratic Town Committee since high school, attending meetings with his father, Louis E. Lallo. Jon has served as Vice Chair of the Committee for a number of years, working with the Committee on fundraising or looking for qualified candidates to run for office.
Jon attended Westerly High School, followed by Bryant University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Villanova University earning his Masters in Tax Law. He is currently a partner at Orsinger Nardone & Lallo located in Westerly. Jon's areas of practice include Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and real estate matters.
Jon is a Solicitor fo the Westerly School Committee and has served in that position a number of years since 2000.
Leo Manfred, Second Vice Chairman
Leo Manfred is a lifelong resident of Westerly. His mother, Mary Travers, was raised in Stonington Borough. Leo and the former Sandra DiPaola married in 1975 and have four children. Amy, Julie, Lauren and Michael were born, raised and educated in Westerly Public Schools. Beginning in his teen years, Leo worked with his father, Leo Manfred Sr., in all facets of the family business, Manfred Printing. Upon his 1988 graduation from Quinnipiac Law School, Leo opened a General Practice.
Leo has been a busy Rhode Island attorney since 1988, litigating in the courts of South, Newport, Kent and Providence Counties. He also has vast experience in both the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Rhode Island Federal District Court. Leo has handled cases involving domestic, criminal, probate, DCYF, and Supreme Court appeals and prosecution. He currently serves as Prosecutor for the Town of Westerly.
Michael Ober, Secretary
Michael Ober lives on Sherwood Drive in Westerly with his wife, Tammy, and his two sons, Zachary and Nathaniel. Michael has worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services for the last 30 years. He currently serves as a representative to the Department of Social Services Statewide Reopening Workgroup. Michael earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2012. He was a member of the Westerly School Committee from 1998-2004 and served as Chairman of the Capital Overview Committee from 1999-2004. During Michael’s tenure on the School Committee a new Superintendent was hired, the position of Technology Director was created to improve technological platforms and applications and academic performance improved across the board. Westerly High School was renovated to a campus setting with expansion to Babcock Hall, and the Westerly Middle School was constructed. As Chair of the Capital Overview Committee, Michael worked diligently to focus on infrastructure maintenance. Michael was a volunteer for Westerly Youth Soccer. He has served as a member of the Westerly Public Schools Policy Subcommittee and as Vice Chair of The Town of Westerly’s Board of Finance. Michael is currently Vice Chair of the Westerly Municipal Land Trust and is experienced in natural resource management. He has a comprehensive understanding of Westerly Public Schools and budgeting processes. Michael’s recent experience in creating reopening policy documents for public organizations will also prove a valuable resource for the Westerly School Committee.