First Selectman Richard Straiton has lived in Bethel all his life. He attended Bethel grammar schools and went on to Henry Abbott Technical School where he graduated from the Electrical Department, graduating with the Danbury Housatonic Wiring Association award. Upon graduation he joined his father in the family business. He worked as an electrical and plumbing apprentice and went on to receive his license in both fields. Upon the retirement of his father he continued the business for 16 years. During this time he obtained his Home Improvement Contractors license, which he still maintains today. Fifteen years ago he went to work for Bethel Health Care and Rehabilitation Center as the Physical Plant Director where he still works today.
Rich served six years in the Connecticut Army National Guard and was discharged with the rank of E7 Sergeant.
Rich has served on many building committees in the Town of Bethel. He served on the Permanent Building Committee for many years. He chaired the building of the Bethel Middle School and chaired the renovations of the old middle school which is now the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center. When it came time to renovate the Frank A. Berry School he was there to serve. He also had the distinction of being on the "first" committee to renovate the Bethel High School. Recently, Rich was asked to serve on the Public Site and Building Committee and the newly organized Library Building Committee for the Town of Bethel
Rich also serves as a Justice of the Peace and a Constable for our Town.
He is a member of the Danbury Exchange Club and serves on their Board of Directors.
Along with his wife, Sharon, he attends the Ridgebury Congregational Church in Ridgefield and is a Trustee.
Rich and Sharon have been married for fifteen years and are the proud parents of their blended family - Lori, Joe, Lisa, Keith, Laura, Mark and Andrew. They also have seven grandchildren - Trevor, Amanda, Sara, Megan, Steven, Joey and David.
Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center
1 School Street
Bethel, CT 06801