Patricia Rist - First Selectman
Endorsed by the Independent Party
Pat and her husband, David, are 35-year residents of Bethel. They are the parents of a retired 27-year Bethel Detective/Police Officer, Ron, who left the position due to an on-the-job injury. Their daughter, Debra, is a District Manager for Charm Diamonds headquartered in Canada.
Professionally, Pat brings a business background having retired after 15 years with Oracle Corporation as an Operations Manager with Oracle University. Prior to that she was an Operations Manager with Siebel, and Director of Client Services with MOHR Development, a consulting company to the financial services industry. From MOHR to Siebel to Oracle, all acquisitions, and Pat moved with the acquisitions. She was also with Xerox Learning Systems, a division of Xerox Corp., for 18 years. Pat has a BS in Management and an MBA in Marketing.
Pat is a 21-year member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and has been Chairman for the past 9 years. During this period, she was Chairman of the Route 6 Study Commission, which developed a guide encouraging a greater mix for future development. Pat was active on two 10-year Plans of Conservation and Development, which is the Town’s policy guide to land use, development, and conservation decisions. She also worked on the Transit Oriented Development/Bethel Forward Plan which is a master plan creating a vision for the TOD area with supporting/revised zoning regulations.
Pat is deeply involved in the community serving as President of the Bethel Historical Society since 1995 and as a Director with the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, working with Bethel businesses and bringing town-wide events to Bethel. She has worked with the Bethel schools for 24 years providing historic tours for all 2nd graders and this past year, at the request of the schools, hosting classes in the Plumtrees Schoolhouse for all 3rd graders. Pat is a member of Friends of the Library and is an active member of the Bethel Republican Town Committee.