Enshrined : 2007
Western Connecticut Football Officials
A consummate gentleman and tireless worker for the
Connecticut Football Officials Association, James Carey
is rightly considered one of the best. The Shelton resident
has been a member of the Western Connecticut
Football Officials Association for 38 years, and has
worked in leadership capacities for more than two decades.
A varsity official for 26 of his 29 active years on the board, he counts 10 Ansonia-Naugatuck games to his
officiating credits as well as the Northeast Community College Championship in 1982. Jim worked five state
championship contests He currently is a clock operator for the WCFOA.
He was vice-president of the chapter from 1987-88, and its president in 1989-90, as such he was on the
group's board of director from 1987 until 2005, he also served on the Better Officiating Committee. He worked
as in clinic instruction from 1987-88 and is the sub-varsity assigner, a job he's held since 1980.
For the Western Board he's won the Past-President's Award and the Ed Mariano Service Award. He is a 2001
Vincent Reilly Award Winner for service to the WCFOA and officiating in Connecticut.
But, it's for his service the CFOA that makes Carey a friend to football officials all over the state. He got on
the state board, representing the WCFOA in 1984, worked as vice-president and president, and then became
the group's secretary-treasurer, a position he continues in today. He was instrumental in beginning the
statewide clinic in 1995, and has guided many presidents in the operation of the State Board. Truly, without
Jim Carey's aid, the state association would not be the strong operation it is today.