Commissioner Patrick Gossett of Rehoboth Beach will not seek re-election later this summer after nine years serving as a city commissioner. Gossett served on the planning commission for nine years prior to his time as a city commissioner.
“I think we have accomplished a great deal in those 18 years, preserving what is best in our city while providing for sensible growth,” Gossett said in a statement.
During his time as commissioner, Gossett sought to improve upon issues such as traffic, transportation, communication and the overall health of the city’s lakes. Back in 2012, Gossett initiated the push in the Planning Commission to draft ordinances regulating building around Silver Lake. Regarding communication, Gossett believed that in addition to meetings and the city website, Rehoboth needed better ways to inform and connect with residents. Management and staffing are necessary for improved communication, he told the Cape Gazette in an interview in 2012.
In his statement, Gossett also said that he thought his greatest accomplishment was hiring City Manager Sharon Lynn. He was proud to serve as chair of the Personnel Committee and lead the search that hired Lynn.
“I wish him well,” said Kathy McGuiness, a fellow commissioner. “I respect anyone who takes time away from their family and the people they love to run for and serve in public office.”
After serving the city of Rehoboth for 18 years, Gossett, who is gay, says it’s now someone else’s turn to be at the Commissioners’ table. The three candidates looking to take his place are Pat Coluzzi, Gary Glass and Richard Byrne. Coluzzi served on the Board of Commissioners from 2007 to 2013, while Glass and Byrne are newcomers. The Rehoboth Beach municipal election is slated for Saturday, Aug. 11.