The Town Council selected Ronald San Angelo to be the next Town Manager for Southbridge by a vote of 8 to 1. Councilor Monique Manna voted for candidate Daniel Knapick.
The vote came after the Council completed a series of interviews with three finalists that also included Michael Embury in addition to Mr. Knapick.
San Angelo was state representative of Connecticut’s 131st District, which covers Oxford and parts of Naugatuck and Southbury for 10 years until 2002 when he ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of the State in Connecticut. He lost to Susan Bysiewicz. San Angelo, a Republican, then ran for mayor of Naugatuck, defeating current Mayor Bob Mezzo, a Democrat, and third-party candidate Peter Jurzynski. San Angelo then defeated Democrat Curtis Bosco in 2005.
In 2007, San Angelo announced he would not seek a third term because he had been awarded a state post by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell. San Angelo served as project manager for the state Department of Information Technology for about two years.
San Angelo ran for the Naugatuck Republican Party's endorsement for mayor in the 2009 campaign but lost to then incumbent Mike Bronko, who ended up losing to Mezzo in the general election.
He is currently Town Administrator for the town of Hanson MA.