Dave Schmitt and his family enjoyed Niantic for many years, having had a small summer house nearby. Niantic has now been home to Dave and his wife Joan since Dave’s retirement in 2018.
Born and raised in Wilton CT, a town in Fairfield County approximately the same size as East Lyme, Dave was employed as a professional firefighter and EMT with the Town of Wilton Fire Department. He left the fire service and continued as a volunteer with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corp for many years.
Dave took a job in Wilton at Servco Oil and Propane, a small oil company, first driving an oil truck while learning the HVAC industry. During the 40 years he worked for the company, he grew with it and eventually served as Vice President and Operations Manager until his retirement. In Wilton Dave also served many years on the Planning, Zoning, and Wetlands Commissions there, including in the positions of Chairman, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.
Currently a member of the East Lyme Zoning Commission, Dave has also served as an alternate there, and as a member of the Inland Wetlands Commission. He is looking forward to continuing his important work in Zoning. He believes in well managed, controlled, and responsible development. In his view, property owners should be allowed to develop their property in a manner that fits their needs while respecting the character of East Lyme’s charming seaside community, and in accordance with the Town’s regulations, current Plan of Conservation and Development, and our Architectural Review guidelines.
In retirement Dave started a small business, Niantic Home Watch LLC, three years ago to provide home checks to vacationers and others. He continues to also volunteer his time to give back to the community. He has been Treasurer of Niantic Rotary for the past 4 years and is currently the organization’s President-Elect. He is also active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Agnes Church in Niantic, including 2 years as Grand Knight in this service organization.
Dave and Joan have been married for 52 years and have 2 sons and 7 grandchildren. Dave enjoys walking the Boardwalk most mornings. The family keeps a boat at a local marina and enjoys fishing and spending time on the water together.