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On February 7, 1807, the Delaware General Assembly approved the incorporation of the Town of Milford and the first board of commissioners was formed to govern the city. At that time, the incorporated area was only in Kent County, north of the Mispillion River.

Eighty years later, the town reincorporated with land on both sides of the river. The first town council was seated, six men from north Milford and six from south Milford. Notably, many years before the United States Constitution was amended in 1920 to give women the vote in national elections, women were voting in Milford.

An elected mayor and eight member council now govern the City of Milford. There are four wards in the city, each with two council positions. The mayor is elected for a two year term, as are the council members. One council position in each ward is open for election each year.

A city manager works in tandem with the mayor and council. The manager is responsible for carrying out city policies and supervising municipal employees.

Included under the umbrella of city government in Milford are the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Milford Parking Authority is an independent corporation with members appointed by the mayor. The Authority owns, operates and maintains public parking lots in the downtown district of Milford. Revenue for the Authority comes from a tax paid by owners of properties in the downtown district.
In 1990, the city adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The intention of the Plan is to guide land use decisions and is updated regularly for plans ten to fifteen years in the future. The Plan includes information on demographics, the economy, city infrastructure and natural features.

In greater Milford’s earliest days, more than 300 years ago, Native Americans harvested shell fish and small game and grew corn and melons. In Saw Mill Range, as Milford was then called, an active timber industry was underway. By the 1700’s a thriving shipbuilding industry supported the community’s economy.

Today, dozens of different enterprises in greater Milford represent a myriad of business and employment categories. Non-durable manufacturing in the greater Milford region includes food processing plants, textile, chemical, and rubber products. Durable manufacturing in the area includes fabricated metal products, millwork and electrical industrial apparatus. The service sector is a significant employment base in Milford as demonstrated by the hospital and general health care industry, educational system, job training and vocational rehabilitation centers. A varied and thriving retail sector includes such businesses as grocery, department, discount and variety stores, motor vehicle dealers and building materials sales. Tourism and related hospitality field are reflected by Milford’s many fine restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, taverns, and motels. Other business categories that provide jobs and community economic support are wholesale trade, construction, and agriculture. One third of the total population of Kent and Sussex counties lives within a 15-mile radius of downtown Milford giving the community a market base of more than 75,000 customers.

OUR BOARD

Darel LaPrade
Milford Chronicle
President

Darel La Prade is senior vice president for Independent Newsmedia Inc., a newspaper and digital publishing company where he has worked for the last 19 years. Darel serves as publisher for six weekly newspapers on the Delmarva Peninsula, including the Milford Chronicle, and he is also responsible for INI's 24 websites. He and his wife Constance have been married 36 years. They live in Seaford and have two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren. Darel earned a BA from Washington & Lee University and attended graduate school at the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia. His newspaper career has spanned more than three decades; early on as an itinerant journalist, he worked in North and South Carolina and Virginia.
Maxine Middlebrook
Delaware Hospice
Vice President

Maxine Middlebrook joined Delaware Hospice's team in 2014 after moving to the area from Pennsylvania. Maxine recently graduated with her Master's in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University; she has always had a passion for healthcare and truly loves working for Delaware Hospice and supporting the community. In her time at Delaware Hospice, Maxine has served the organization in a various positions and currently is the Medical Office Manager of the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. In addition to working for Delaware Hospice, she is active volunteer in the organization and serves the community by providing volunteer notary services for patients and families who are homebound. The code purple shelter of Milford also has a special place in her heart and she enjoys cooking and serving meals during the winter months. In her free time, Maxine loves to test out her green thumb in the garden and loves spending time on the Rehoboth bay.
Angel Hodges
SC Associates, Inc.
Treasurer

Jennifer Jurzcak
Delaware Dept. of Labor
Secretary

I have been a lifelong resident of Delaware. I have recently added to the Board of Directors for the Milford Chamber. I have been employed with the State of Delaware for over 16 years most that time has been with the Dept. of Labor as a Business Services Representative where I help employers find good quality applicants and receive grants . I enjoy attending Milford Chamber events, Crocheting, and time with friends / family. I am married to Jeff Jurczak (originally from Harrington) who is employed as a Automotive Mechanic for Willis Coverlet in Smyrna, DE. He enjoys fishing, camping, and anything Automotive. We have two children Kyle Lehmann (15 years old, Step Son) He loves building things, history, and drawing. Jeffrey Jurczak (7 years old) who is proud to attend the Academy of Dover Charter School in Dover (Great multiple Award Winning School). Jeffrey is who love animals, bike riding, and taking apart electronics to figure out how it work.
Jesse Riggin
Delmarva Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Cory Fetterman
Fetterman Insurance Agency
Tammey Merix
Imperial Nutrition
Janice Elliott
Dover Federal Credit Union
Juan Rodriguez
My Eye Dr.
LaRahn Phillips
Perdue
Stephen Morrow
Rhoades & Morrow, LLC
Stephen T. Morrow is a partner with Rhoades & Morrow LLC. His practice areas include personal injury and workers' compensation. Steve is a graduate of Milford High School and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Steve earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Steve is admitted to the bars of the State of Delaware and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has practiced before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Randy J. Holland Workers' Compensation American Inn of Court. Steve is the immediate past President of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, is on the Council of Presidents for the American Association for Justice and is a past Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Steve serves as a frequent presenter at seminars focused on workers' compensation practice and procedure. Steve also performs pro bono services by representing children in need who are placed in Delaware's foster care system.
Jennie Hess
Delaware Tech - Terry Campus
Michael Baker
C.M. Baker Photography
Mike Baker is owner of C.M.Baker Photography, covering all of Delmarva for over 30 years. He has been married to Patti for 28 years and has 3 daughters and his sidekick Bently James (dachshund - beagle -jack Russell all in one). Starting a career in the electrical field for a few years, Mike ended up at Reichhold Chemicals for 20 years in production and R&D. Then while working for a fire protection company and still doing his part time photography- C.M.Baker Photography was created and is still going strong. Along the way Mr. Baker earned a few awards from the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce - 2005 Volunteer of the Year, 2008 Small Business Person of the Year, 2010 Chairman's Outstanding Partnership Award. The Kent County Tourism also awarded him the Volunteer of the Year in 2010 as well. C.M.Baker Photography has been the named the Wedding Photographer of the year various years along the way from different publications and organizations. Still involved in many charities throughout the state, Mike is always looking for new ways of doing things with new ideas. We were the first in the area to go digital photography and the first to print on-site at events. After being a past board member with the Kent County Tourism, Mike is excited o be given a chance to be on the Board with CCGM which has opened a new world in a new era for Milford. Looking forward to it !
Dr. Andrea Holecek
Bayhealth Medical Center
Dr. Andrea Holecek Bayhealth Medical Center Dr. Andrea Holecek is the Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Bayhealth in Milford. As a clinical expert in evidence-based nursing practice, Dr. Holecek is responsible for the care provided throughout Milford's inpatient nursing units. She also has system-wide responsibility for Bayhealth's Dialysis, Vascular Access, and Bariatric Programs. She has been employed by Bayhealth for over 25 years. Dr. Holecek received her initial nursing degree in 1991 from Delaware Tech, then obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University in 1999. Her graduate work included Masters Degrees in both Nursing and Business Administration. Dr. Holecek received a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University in 2011. She holds advanced certification in oncology nursing, is a board certified nurse executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

OUR COMMITTEES

Events:
   Spring Community Expo Carlisle Fire Company ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
   Girls Night Out featuring the Marvelous Men of Milford Harrington Raceway & Casino ~ 7 to 10 p.m.
   Annual Golf Classic The Rookery North
   Annual Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Downtown Milford & Bicentennial Park - Chairperson: Angela Dorey - Dorey Insurance & Financial Services
   Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford The Rookery North
Programs:
   Donation/Contribution Committee Chairperson:
   PRO on the GO Chairperson - Frank Payton, Techno Goober

 
24 NW Front St.
Suite 101
Milford, DE 19963
Phone: (302) 422-3344
Fax: (302) 422-7503
E-mail: milford@milfordchamber.com