Editor’s note: The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and a statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Darrin Silhavy, Republican candidate for Constable, submitted the following response.
Darrin Silhavy is a third-generation Easton resident. He spent his formative years in Easton, where his father erected a house on the land his grandfather, a Bridgeport firefighter, had established as a farm in the 1930s.
During his youth, Silhavy was involved in Easton sports and music circles. After completing his studies at Joel Barlow High School, he enrolled at Gettysburg College. While on summer break, Silhavy worked on boats at Captain’s Cove Marina in Bridgeport. His determination led him to achieve his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer 100-ton Master’s License, which he still proudly holds today.
Silhavy relocated to Maryland after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Business from Gettysburg College in 1990. He commenced his career at Dictaphone Corporation, a Pitney Bowes subsidiary. He worked in sales, catering to legal and medical accounts in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Eastern Shore. Despite winning multiple sales leadership awards and being on an upward trajectory in this career, Silhavy experienced a change of heart and relocated back to Connecticut with the intent of pursuing a career in education. He attained his graduate degree from Sacred Heart University in 1996, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching, and further completed a 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership at Southern Connecticut State University in 1999.
Presently, Silhavy is a dedicated elementary school educator in the Trumbull Public School system, teaching fifth grade at Middlebrook Elementary School.
He is a member of Ashlar-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge in Easton and plays bagpipes with the Pyramid Shriners Pipes and Drums. He is also the President of the Easton Union Cemetery Association and is an Assistant Scoutmaster in Easton’s Troop 66. Silhavy has served on the Easton Republican Town Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission. He and his wife, Donna, and their two children, TJ, and Jenna, live in Easton, in the home he grew up in.