Dan Carter

First Selectman Dan Carter

First Selectman Dan Carter was elected to the office of First Selectman in February, 2023.  Dan has been a Bethel resident for close to 20 years. He has been active in the community on many boards and served as a State Representative for Bethel from 2011 to 2017. He also served on the Bethel Board of Finance for a year before being elected as Bethel’s First Selectman.

In addition to his responsibilities as the town’s chief elected official and de facto town manager, Dan works at the regional and state legislative levels to advance the interests of Bethel residents and businesses. Dan represents Bethel on the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Connecticut Council of Small Towns, and the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority.

Prior to entering public service, Dan served as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force and is a veteran of Desert Storm. After leaving active duty, Dan enjoyed a 20 year career in sales, management, and recruiting roles which culminated in Dan owning his own business.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in Airport Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Dan is a husband to his wonderful wife Jane and a father of two grown children.