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First Selectman

First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker was elected to the office of First Selectman in November, 2009.  Prior to his election to this post, Matt was a member of the Board of Education from 1999 to 2009, serving seven years as chairman.

In addition to his responsibilities as the town’s chief elected official and de facto town manager, Matt is also working at the regional and state legislative levels to advance the interests Bethel residents and businesses. He is a board member and past chairman of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns, as well as a board member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, where he also serves as co-chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 

He recently began a two-year term as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, a non-profit, member-owned insurance provider serving municipalities and public school districts throughout the state, and is also serving as the chair of the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority, the regional waste management and recycling entity serving western Connecticut.
Prior to entering public service, Matt enjoyed a twenty-five year career in the consumer photo/electronics industry the Fujifilm USA Corporation in a variety of sales, marketing and general management positions.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Post University.  Matt and his wife Adrienne have two adult children, both graduates of the Bethel Public School system, and three grandchildren.