Elected Rehoboth Beach City Commissioner
for the 4th Time!
I have had the great pleasure of getting to know many of you, but for those I have not met, I am Patrick Gossett, and I have been a homeowner in Rehoboth Beach for 24 years. I have served on the Planning Commission and City Commission since 1998. I’m proud of my accomplishments in my time on these important commissions. Working closely with my fellow Commissioners, and with the invaluable support of many active citizens. Among my accomplishments:
I have been a consistent advocate for strong and sensible zoning and building ordinances to protect our City’s beautiful neighborhoods and unique history and character.
I was a key author of the 2005 and 2010 for Comprehensive Development Plans (CDP), the principal documents outlining the City’s goals and policies regarding future growth and the management of resources. I designed and led the public input process for these Plans, in which hundreds of citizens shared their vision for our city. As a result of this outreach, the Plans are well drafted, and reflect the concerns and hopes of a wide spectrum of our citizens.
I helped create and was a member of the Rehoboth Beach Architectural Review Task Force, helping to create the design handbook to help homeowners, developers and builders build to community standards and retain the streetscape of our neighborhoods.
On both the City Commission and Planning Commission, I worked with DNREC, SOLA3, and other concerned citizens to determine ownership of Silver Lake and find solutions to the challenges facing the health of our City lakes.
Serving as Chairman of the City’s Personnel Committee, I led the process of hiring Sharon Lynn, our outstanding City Manager.
During my years on the City Commission, Rehoboth Beach always maintained a balanced budget, and I will work to restore financial stability to the City in the post-COVID-19 world.
With my fellow Commissioners, we created the City’s Educational/Residential District, to provide a specific area to accommodate Rehoboth Elementary School and other community-related uses, and allow adaptive residential re-use of existing school buildings should the educational uses cease. The ordinance also protects 75% of the site as recreational open space for continued use by the community.
I championed, and jointly with the City Manager, oversaw the City’s first classification and compensation study, ensuring that our valuable city employees are paid fairly and in line with their colleagues in similar municipalities.
I was the principal advocate for increased resources to help the City communicate more effectively in today’s fast-paced world, and helped for the create and fund, the position of the City’s Public Communications Director to improve communications regarding city operations, events and issues.
I managed the process of equitably reassessing all real property in the City for the first time since 1968, resulting in the modernization and digitization of city property tax records.
I was a strong proponent of the introduction and implementation of MUNIS an integrated software system to manage all of the City’s core functions, including financials, human resources, and citizen services. As a result, since 2016, all the City’s operations have been driven by one unified database – a vast improvement over the previous systems.
Working closely with the Chamber of Commerce and City staff, I led the implementation of the Parkmobile pay-by-phone system, improving the downtown experience for residents and visitors alike.
I am honored by your vote to continue my service to the City as a Commissioner, and I will continue to do what I have always done:
- talk with as many individuals as possible,
- listen to all opinions,
- do my research about what has worked in other communities, and
- further the recommendations of the Comprehensive Development Plan.
Commissioner-Elect, Rehoboth Beach