Valerie Capels joined the Town of Bristol as the Town Manager Administrator in October 2017. A native of Syracuse, New York, she joined the Rutland Regional Planning Commission in 1987. She then became the Town and Village of Waterbury’s first planner until the City of Burlington brought her on as their Community Planner in 1992. She has over more than 30 years of experience in municipal and regional planning, community development, project management, and town administration, including 11 years as the Town Administrator in Waitsfield and 11 years also as Director of Planning and Community Development of the City of Montpelier.
In her capacity in Waitsfield, she secured a Village Center Designation for historic Waitsfield Village, and in Montpelier, she initiated the downtown revitalization program and qualified Montpelier as a Certified Local Government amongst a long list of other economic and community development projects.