Town Profile

The beautiful town of Bethany in south central Connecticut covers 21.6 square miles and is home to approximately 4,800 residents. Bethany was first settled in 1717 but it was not until May 1832 before Bethany separated from Woodbridge to become incorporated as a town. This slightly remote, sparsely populated, residential town retains its rural character. There is some dairying and agriculture. The town is dotted with reservoirs serving Naugatuck and, principally, New Haven.


Location: midway between New Haven and Waterbury on State Routes 63 and 69. Characteristics: rural, mostly agricultural and residential with some light industry. No municipal water or sewer services. Elementary School for approximately 600 students. Regional District #5 (Amity) Junior High school located in town, and Senior High located in neighboring Woodbridge.
Postal Zip Code: 06524, Telephone Area Code: 203


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Bethany's Town Seal

Bethany's town seal is a perfect circle within which appears another circle. The inner circle is a circle of rope. In the upper aspects of the seal appear the words TOWN OF BETHANY CONNECTICUT in two curved lines of print bordering the inner aspect of the rope circle. On the bottom of the seal also bordering the inner aspect of the rope circle appear the words INCORPORATED 1832. These words form the top and bottom edges of a third inner circle the sides of which are made of a string of inverted oak leaves on each side. A roadway bisecting the seal and extending from bottom to center is pictured within the third inner most circle. Surrounded by trees are Christ Episcopal Church pictured on the right, and First Church of Christ Congregational and the carriage shed on the left.


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Form of Government

Bethany is governed by a Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting, Board of Finance form of government. Elections are held biennially in odd years on the first Monday in May. The Annual Town Meeting is held the third Monday in May, and Special Town Meetings are held as needed.

Chief elected officials


Derrylyn Gorski, First Selectman

Clark Hurlburt, Selectman

Donald R. Shea, Jr., Selectman


Board of Selectmen

Bethany Town Hall

40 Peck Road

Bethany, CT 06524

203-393-2100 x100

First Selectman, 203-393-2100 x101,

Selectmen Assistant, 203-393-2100 x100,

Bookkeeper, 203-393-2100 x109,


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