Ten Minutes With Mike Tetreau
Fairfield's First Selectman
Mike Tetreau has been serving as Fairfield’s first selectman for over three years. A Fairfield resident for over 40 years, Tetreau took over the job in a special election after his predecessor Ken Flatto left to work in the Malloy administration. We caught up with him to chat about this past year, celebrating the 375th anniversary, and the future.
How do you think the year turned out celebrating Fairfield’s 375th anniversary? From the Food Drive to the Memorial Day Parade to the Family Fun Fest to the Kosher BBQ to the Wiffle Ball Tournament to the Grand Gala and the painted fire hydrants, this year has been absolutely wonderful and very meaningful.
What do you do for fun on winter weekends? I used to ski, but now I am partial to scuba diving in the Caribbean or spending weekends at a special B&B. As a boy, I loved to skate with my brothers on Gould Manor Pond.
What do you do for the holidays? My family spends a holiday coming together and enjoying football after some good home cooked meals.
Favorite holiday dish? Whatever I am eating during a New York Giants football game.
You win an all-expenses paid vacation anywhere in the world. Where would it be? If I have to leave my hometown of Fairfield, I would choose Hawaii as a good second choice.
Do you have any pets? While I love animals, I don’t have any pets now. As a child, my family had a dog, cat, tropical fish, hamster, rabbits, and whatever turtles and frogs I could catch.
You are active on Twitter and Facebook. Do you enjoy it? Yes, very much and it’s a great way to easily communicate with Fairfield residents to keep them informed at twitter.com/miketetreau. Facebook helps me stay in touch with my friends.
Where might we find you and your family dining or hanging out in Fairfield? If there is not a Board of Commission meeting, I enjoy going to any of our fabulous Fairfield restaurants. On weekend mornings, coffee and breakfast sandwiches at the beach is a treat.
What do you think Fairfield does well? Well, I would say that one of the highlights is the hundreds of volunteers who spend their time and energy dedicating their efforts to helping our town, whether they are voluntarily serving on a town board or commission, helping a local non-profit, or individually making our town better through organized clean-ups or random acts of kindness, to name a few.
What do you think Fairfield could improve on? I think we are in a state of continuous improvement. The challenge is to keep Fairfield enviable and vibrant without losing our small-town feel and community character.