For 20 years, Diane Mederos served the town of Bristol as town clerk, overseeing many of the records, processes and procedures that kept local government running smoothly. After retiring from her elected position as town administrator, Ms. Mederos’ presence in the town clerk’s office was immortalized on Tuesday as her official portrait was unveiled and hung among others who served.
“I am so honored to go on the wall in this office,” Ms. Mederos said. “I enjoyed my 20 years here.”
It took artist Harley Bartlett a period of six to eight weeks to recreate a photograph of Ms. Mederos from her days as town clerk on canvas. Mr. Bartlett was also the artist who painted Governor Donald Carcieri’s official portrait for the state house.
Ms. Mederos is the first woman to adorn the wall among those who held the town clerk’s office, an honor she holds in great esteem.
“This is the heart of the town,” she said of the clerk’s office. “Out there is the head, but this is the heart,” she said comparing her two most recent roles.
The ceremony was held with a small gathering of family and friends in attendance, including Denise Asciola and Dee Caldelmo who, together, served under Ms. Mederos for 30 years.