Human Services Director Pat Schneider bids farewell

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Sep. 27, 2013
Patricia Schneider (left) and Town Manager Richard Johnson pose with a rendering of the former and current homes of the Glastonbury Senior Center at a reception on Schneider's last day as Glastonbury's Human Services Director on Sept. 26. Photo by Steve Smith.
Patricia Schneider (left) and Town Manager Richard Johnson pose with a rendering of the former and current homes of the Glastonbury Senior Center at a reception on Schneider's last day as Glastonbury's Human Services Director on Sept. 26. Photo by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury's human services director for the past eight years, Patricia Schneider, has left her position in order to take a similar role in Mansfield. Schneider said that besides being closer to her home in Coventry, the Mansfield position will allow her to be closer to the people her agency serves.

“It's more of an administrative role here [in Glastonbury],” Schneider said. “I'll have an opportunity to do more hands-on.”

Co-workers sent Schneider off with a semi-impromptu gathering at the Riverfront Community Center on Sept. 26. “I'm going to miss this community, and working with the people,” Schneider said. “It's the best of the best here.”

Human Services Assistant Jane Peters said Schneider has been a leader, director, mentor, teacher, advocate and friend. “[Schneider] could always be interrupted, approached and counted on when help was needed,” Peters said.

“She's done a great job,” said Town Manager Richard Johnson, somewhat lamenting that he now has to search for another director of Schneider's caliber.

Schneider cited the design and creation of the Riverfront Community Center as one of the ongoing highlights of her tenure in Glastonbury, as well as the model idea of having senior, social and youth services under one umbrella.


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