Bruce has devoted most of his adult life to serving his community. He has been an active member of numerous boards, commissions and committees. He has been a lifelong area resident and holds a BA in Environmental Sciences. In 1975 he married his high school sweetheart Taffy (Comstock) and they have raised four sons in Essex. Bruce owned and operated two local Businesses before being hired as the Director of Facilities for Regional School District #4 where he oversaw the renovation projects of Valley Regional High School and John Winthrop Middle School. He retired from his position at the schools in 2019 after 20 years of service. He was a member of the board of selectman from 1988-1991 and Essex First Selectman from1991 – 1995. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen again in 2013 and is currently running for re-election to a fifth consecutive term on the Board of Selectmen. Bruce is a fiscally responsible proven leader with a great deal of common sense. He has the knowledge and experience necessary for the job.
“My goal is to keep our taxes low and our services high through fiscal responsibility with a conservative approach. My past community service and lifelong residency has given me the background and experience necessary to help lead our Town into the future.”
Joel was elected to the office of Town Clerk in 2013 and continues as incumbent Essex Town Clerk. His service to Essex includes:
- Essex Board of Selectmen 2009-2013
- Essex Board of Finance 2003 - 2009
- Essex Zoning Commission from 1987 to 2003, including Chairman.
- Essex Wetlands and Watercourses Commission Representative
- Essex Zoning Commission from 1997 to 2000.
- Essex Elementary School Building Committee.
- Elected to unexpired term on Board of Finance in 2003, re-elected in 2005. Served until fall of 2009 as Vice-Chairman.
- Member of the Valley Regional Athletic Committee in Fall of 2002 with the task of revising the school Athletic Guidelines and Regulations.
- Member of the Valley Regional High School Soccer Boosters.
- Coached and assisted with Essex Little League.
Joel is a graduate of Fordham University. He has been a resident of Essex since 1978 along with his wife Sally, Their son Chris is a graduate of Valley Regional High School and St. Michael’s College, Burlington, Vermont.
Joel has been the owner of Essex House of Framing Since 1978.
Ian Neviaser has been an Essex resident for the last 23 years. For the past ten years he has served as the Superintendent of the Region #18 Schools which cover the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut. Mr. Neviaser has spent 26 years in the field of education, the last 23 in Connecticut's public schools as an administrator, teacher, and coach. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work with children, having received the prestigious Connecticut Association of Schools William Cieslukowski Outstanding Principal Award, the National Football Foundation Dick North Administrator Award, the Guilford Public Schools Shining Star Award, the Guilford Sideliners Coach of the Year Award, and most recently, a State of Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation for his work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Neviaser is well respected throughout Connecticut’s public school system for his practical, reasonable, and hands on approach to education.
Prior to his time in Lyme-Old Lyme, Mr. Neviaser served in multiple roles in Region #4, first as Principal of Valley Regional High School and then as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. During that time period Valley’s state assessment results improved significantly, rising from the middle of the district reference group to the top of said group. In his role as Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme, Mr. Neviaser has replicated that success, continually demonstrating the highest studentachievement across all academic areas.
Mr. Neviaser’s unrivaled knowledge of regional school systems allows him to train aspiring school superintendents through Sacred Heart University’s Superintendent Preparation Program where he annually serves as a guest speaker discussing regional school district operations and governance. His fiscal expertise has resulted in Lyme-Old Lyme having one of the state’s lowest average budget increases during this ten year tenure.
Originally from Darnestown, Maryland, Mr. Neviaser graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and completed his graduate work at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut. He has been married to Erin Neviaser for the past 23 years. The couple has three children who all have attended the Region #4 schools.
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