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The Council of Governments

The Council of Governments is comprised of the member municipalities Chief Executive Officials. As such, the RiverCOG is comprised of thirteen First Selectmen, one Mayor and three Town Managers.

Current Board Members

  • Anthony Salvatore, Town Manager, Cromwell (Chair)
  • Bob McGarry, First Selectman, Haddam (Secretary)
  • Carl Fortuna, First Selectman, Old Saybrook (Treasurer)
  • Cindy Lignar, First Selectman, Chester
  • Karl Kilduff, Town Manager, Clinton
  • Carol Doak-Jones, First Selectman, Deep River
  • Brendan Rea, First Selectman, Durham
  • Irene Haines, First Selectman, East Haddam (At-Large Executive Committee Member)
  • David Cox, Town Manager, East Hampton (At-Large Executive Committee Member)
  • Norm Needleman, First Selectman, Essex
  • Eric Couture, First Selectman, Killingworth
  • David Lahm, First Selectman, Lyme
  • Robert Yamartino, First Selectman, Middlefield
  • Ben Florsheim, Mayor, Middletown
  • Martha Shoemaker, First Selectwoman, Old Lyme
  • Ryan Curley, First Selectman, Portland
  • John Hall, First Selectman, Westbrook 

2023 Schedule of Meeting Dates

The RiverCOG board holds public meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. virtually or at our Essex office, located at 145 Dennison Road, Essex, CT.

  • January 25 – Virtual

  • February 22- Virtual

  • March 22 – In Person

  • April 26 – Virtual

  • May 24 – Virtual

  • June 28 – In Person

  • July 26 – Virtual

  • August – No Meeting

  • September 27 – In Person

  • October 25 – Virtual

  • December 13 – In Person – Combined with November

Partners of RiverCOG

 Links to some of our many partner organizations that the support and participate in the 17-town RiverCOG region.

Federal Partners

State Partners

Regional Partners

Municipal Partners

Transit Partners

Additional Partners


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