Beth Heller has been First Selectman of Woodbridge since July 2017. Prior to this, she was a member of the Board of Selectmen since 2008, serving as Deputy First Selectman since 2009. She is seeking re-election to a third two-year term beginning on July 1, 2021. Following the death of First Selectman Ed Sheehy in April 2013, Beth had also been elected by the Board of Selectmen to complete his term as First Selectman through June of that year.
As First Selectman, Beth has been a member of the Southern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCRCOG) since 2017. She served as SCRCOG vice chair in 2019, and was then elected chair, serving in that capacity from January through December 2020.
Before joining the Board of Selectmen, Beth served as secretary of the Library Commission (1994 to 1998), and subsequently served for nearly a decade as chair of the Board of Fire Commissioners (1999 to 2008). She was a Woodbridge Deputy Registrar of Voters from 1997 to 1998, and a Woodbridge Registrar of Voters from 1998 to 2008. She is a past co-chair of the Woodbridge Community Council, and co-founder of the popular ‘Summer Concerts on the Green.’ Beth was instrumental in the Town’s successful application for a $400,000 State of Connecticut STEAP Grant for renovation of our animal shelter.
Beth is a graduate of the Roger Williams School of Nursing and a registered nurse licensed in Connecticut. During her active nursing career, she was a charge nurse at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence and at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. She is a member of the Board of Corporators of Griffin Hospital, a position she has held since 2009. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the East Side Burying Ground Association in Woodbridge.
While raising her family in Woodbridge, Beth was active in the Beecher Road School PTO (Past Treasurer), the Amity Junior High-Bethany PTO (Past Treasurer), and the Amity Regional High School PTO.
Beth and her husband Allen have been married since 1976 (almost 45 years) and have lived in Woodbridge for 29 years. Allen retired as vice president, medical science, at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in 2013. He is currently an independent consultant in clinical pharmacology and pharmaceutical development, and Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine (biostatistics and epidemiology) at the University of Southern California, where he teaches the intermediate biostatistics course in the university’s online Master of Public Health program. Before coming to Bayer, he was a full-time academic faculty member in the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Their three sons, David, Richard, and Stephen are all graduates of the Woodbridge and Amity school systems.