Meet Patrick Gossett
Rehoboth Beach City Commissioner-Elect
Patrick served as a Rehoboth Beach city commissioner from 2004-2007 and from 2012 until 2018. He also served 9 years as a planning commissioner, where he was one of the authors of the city's 2005 and 2010 Comprehensive Development Plans, our city’s blueprint for managed growth and planning.
Patrick is one of the rare individuals who is a true native of Washington, DC. Born in the city, then growing up in the suburb of Riverdale Park, Maryland, Patrick has been visiting Rehoboth Beach since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his mother, who vacationed here in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.
He and his husband, Howard Menaker, purchased their Rehoboth home in 1996. At that time, the home had not been updated since 1946, so they did a total renovation, with a focus on keeping much of the historical material and charm. They were awarded the Rehoboth Beach Town & Cottage Award for Best Renovation in 1998. One of Patrick’s favorite activities is spending time in their garden.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from Florida International University, with continuing education at the Culinary Institute of America and Wharton School of Business. His career in hospitality includes positions as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Washington and Capital Hilton hotels, along with various operations positions with Hyatt Hotels. Following these jobs, Patrick became an independent meeting planner and worked for 12 years for the American Association of Museums (AAM), serving as Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement before his retirement.
Patrick has cooked and created meals since he was a child, and he’s regarded by his friends as an outstanding cook. He and Howard have traveled extensively, including trips to Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, China, Peru, and many European cities.
Involved in the community in many ways, Patrick is a life member of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, a member of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association, a member of the Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, a Founders Circle member of CAMP Rehoboth, and has been an active member of SOLA3. In the community where he grew up, Patrick serves as the volunteer president of the Riverdale Historical Society in Riverdale Park, Maryland, and has served on the board of the Prince George's County Arts Council.