Pottgen Pleased as Pie with Proclamation Honoring Years of Service to Greenwich

Siegrun Pottgen shows off the proclamation First Selectman Peter Tesei presented to her on May 22, 2019, marking the day Siegrun Pottgen Day. Photo: Leslie Yager

Siegrun Pottgen was surprised and honored this week when during an RTC meeting, First Selectman Peter Tesei presented her with a proclamation declaring May 22, 2019 “Siegrun Pottgen Day.”

Mrs. Pottgen has lived in her historic Victorian home on Glenville Street since 1963 when she married Charles Pottgen. The couple raised three children in Glenville and as the children got older Siegrun yearned for a career in law enforcement. As a woman she was ahead of her time when in 1982 she became a Deputy Sheriff at the behest of the High Sheriff of Fairfield County. That position was reclassified as State Marshal in 2000.

While she continued working as a Deputy Sheriff she was elected as a Republican Town Constable in 1985, a position she continues to hold to this day.

The proclamation acknowledged Mrs. Pottgen’s service on the Republican Town Committee and her service as co-chair of the Glenville Preservation Association.

Recently Mrs. Pottgen has decided to retire. The historic Queen Anne Style house she made her for so many decades is for sale, and she intends to move to Indiana to be closer to her son and his family.

Thank you Siegrun Pottgen for your decades of service to the Town of Greenwich and for your service as a law enforcement officer.

Reached by email on Friday, First Selectman Tesei wrote, “Siegrun is a trailblazer and a Glenville icon whose presence will be missed. On behalf of the Town, I wish Siegrun all the best as she prepares to retire to Indiana.”

RTC chair Richard DiPreta said, “As an attorney in town I have always appreciated Siggy’s professionalism, demeanor, and experience. It’s a great tribute to her that she is the longest serving official in Greenwich. She will be sorely missed, and I wish her well as she starts a new chapter in her life.”

Read more about Siegrun Pottgen:

In Glenville, Recollections from the Longest Serving Greenwich Town Official

An undated photo courtesy of the Greenwich Historical Society shows a traffic circle at the intersection of Riversville Rd and Glenville Street. The white Pottgen house is in background.

Andy’s Filling Station on the Pottgen property at 9 Glenville Street. Photo courtesy Greenwich Historical Society