Administrator Won't Seek Fifth Term
Town Administrator Diane Mederos announced she'll leave office after her current term expires at the end of the year.
Four-term Bristol Town Administrator Diane Mederos is calling it a career — at least at the head of Bristol's government — this year, announcing Thursday she will not seek re-election this November.
“Twenty-eight years is a long time. I am ready for a new challenge as I explore new possibilities," Mederos said in a press release Wednesday. "Having spent most of my adult life working for the town, I must say that this has been the most difficult decision I have ever made."
Mederos said she is leaving the town in good fiscal shape, pointing out fiscal policies such as requiring employees to contribute toward post-retirement benefits, that have kept taxes stable.
"We have also initiated fiscal policies that have made Bristol strong now and in the future," she said.
Mederos — who holds Bachelor's degrees in education and English from Rhode Island College, and business administration from Roger Williams University, and a Masters degree in public administration — was first elected town administrator in 2004.
"I thank the people of Bristol for the confidence they have placed in me. It has been a privilege and honor to work for all of you," Mederos said. "I will continue to work as hard as when I was first elected in 1984 in the next half year because there is still much to do."
Town Council Vice Chairman David Barboza announced his intent to run for the position, EastBayRI reported.
“You might as well hear it from me first. I’m running,” he said. “I have the endorsement from the Democratic Town Committee. This will surely change the dynamic of the race for the town council.”