Richard “Dick” Elkins, currently a Planning Commissioner, is running for the two-year Selectboard position. His many years of serving Shelburne include six years on the Shelburne Zoning Board, three years on the Development Review Board (DRB), and seven years on the Planning Commission (two as chair). He was also a member of the former Sewer Commission. Dick also serves as an alternate on the DRB.
During his tenure as a public servant, Elkins has been a participant in the discussions of the re-build of Route 7 north of the village and sat on the Zoning Board during the Wake Robin application. Further, as a citizen, Elkins participated in Sewer Service proposals, village plan updates, the re-configuration of the Webb Estate, the town office move into the former Village School, proposals for the town green, and village updates. As a Shelburne resident who grew up working on local farms, Elkins prizes the town’s continuing ability to retain its rural character, while remaining responsive to the changing needs of its residents and community business interests.
Elkins served in the Navy and the Army Reserve for 32 years. He worked as a Senior Instructor and Administrative Supervisor. As an active real estate broker, he has been involved with commercial and residential developments and sales. He currently focuses on residential real estate sales.
Elkins came to Shelburne at the age of two, moving with his parents to Falls Road. He attended Shelburne schools and Champlain Valley Union High School. After serving in the Navy, he attended Champlain College. He and his wife, Sally, built their home on Bacon Drive. The couple has three children: Amy, an optician; Jess, a UVM graduate and RN; and Richard, a Sous Chef.
Elkins enjoys spending spare time with his grandchildren, riding and traveling with Sally, and volunteering at the Shelburne Museum and Nature Conservancy.