On June 5, Bethel welcomed Greg Maggard in the role of Bethel Town Manager.
Maggard was chosen from a field of 30 applicants for the position, and relocated with his family from Buena Vista, Colo. to take on the post. Originally from Oklahoma, he is very familiar with the workings of small-town living.
Maggard is a 15-year veteran of town government, including time as a town administrator in Shattuck, Okla., and the public works director in Buena Vista, Colo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Colorado State University.
Maggard also has a background in engineering. While this knowledge is certainly helpful when administering a town, it also came in handy when mechanical issues complicated his family’s drive east.
In discussing his interest in moving to Vermont, Maggard said that he is excited by the opportunities for growth in Bethel, and it is clear the people who live and work here are invested in making that growth happen. Maggard’s wife, Kristi, grew up in Monkton, so Vermont is her home state, and they are happy to have the chance to return here.
The Maggards have two children, a 21-year-old daughter finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma, and a 12-year-old son. While they are temporarily living in Randolph, the Maggards will close on a home in Bethel at the end of July.
The Bethel Revitalization Initiative has organized two opportunities to meet the new town manager. The next one will be on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop. Everyone is urged to come to meet Maggard, and share their hopes for Bethel.