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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

Cheryl Doucette
Resource Link Consulting
President

Cheryl Doucette is the President and CEO of Resource Link Consulting, LLC. As a Senior Community Consultant, she works with Local and National Non-Profit Agencies to ensure maximum collective impact in the communities that they serve. She helps to facilitate collaboration and foster relationships, to bridge gaps in the community, by bringing all stakeholders together. Cheryl has worked in the field of Community Outreach and Education for twelve years and believes that we each must be the change we want to see in the world. She lives in Felton, DE with her husband of 22 years, Ron, and her two spoiled Boston Terrier Fur babies, Buster and Sissy. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her large extended family. Cheryl has five children, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Cheryl is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, Member of the Governance Committee for the Fund for Women, Project Director for the Sussex County Health Coalition, Project Director for Kid's Chance of America and serves on the Delaware Hispanic Commission's Community & Social Justice Sub Committee.
Darel LaPrade
Milford Chronicle
Vice 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.
Christine Rust
M & T Bank
Treasurer

Christine Rust is Vice President and Branch Manager of the West Milford branch of M&T Bank. She has 18 year's experience in the banking industry primarily in the Milford area. Christine also holds her Health and Life Insurance license with M&T Securities. Christine is involved with the M & T business banking team where she meets with local business owners and farmers to help with their lending needs. Christine has participated in many of the local sponsored events to help support her community. Christine is a graduate of Milford Senior High School and resides in Milford. Christine is a member of the Executive Board Milford Chamber of Commerce and is serving her third term as treasurer. She is also chair of the chamber donations and contributions committee. Christine enjoys spending with her family, husband Arron and their children; her favorite place is the beach where she spends time surf fishing. Christine refers to her team as "The Dream Team".
Alicia Hollis
KSI
Secretary

Alicia Hollis is a born and raised Milfordian. After graduating Cum Laude from Salisbury State University, she moved back to Milford and became involved in various activities throughout Milford. In 1997, she became Director of Community Relations for a well known non-profit company in Milford, Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. (KSI). Alicia joined the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce board of directors in 2013 and became Executive Secretary in 2015. Often seen in various places throughout Milford, Alicia has a passion for helping people. Through her involvement with the Milford Chamber, and her position at KSI, she is able to help direct people needing various kinds of services. She strives to develop win-win relationships.
Bradley Fielder
Dover Federal Credit Union
Brad Fielder is originally from Salem, VA where he graduated from Patrick Henry High School. He then went on to La Roche College where he played soccer. Brad moved to Delaware in 2003. Brad currently works for Dover Federal Credit Union where he started as the Branch Manager at the Milford office and then was promoted in 2016 and is currently the Indirect Lending Manager. Brad has been in finance for 9 years, including working at a local car dealership as a Finance Manager. In his spare time he enjoys coaching soccer for a local club team in the community and also enjoys competing in Triathlons and various races across the state. Brad participates in a lot of activities in the community such as being one of the Marvelous Men for GNO, serving on the committee and running in the Red, White & Brew as well as the Milford Chamber Golf Classic.
Cory Fetterman
Fetterman Insurance Agency
Craig Warrington
Milford School District
Craig Warrington is from Milford, DE. He received his BA and MA in Psychology from Washington College. Craig has been with the Milford School District for 14 years as a visiting teacher. His other roles include; truancy officer, homeless liaison, mentoring coordinator and PBS coach.
Luanne Holland
Delaware Hospice
Luanne Holland, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, decided to change careers at the age of 51. After 30+ years in retail sales and a business owner in the Lewes and Rehoboth areas, an opportunity to work for Delaware Hospice presented itself. Feeling that this was a chance to do something more meaningful, and also work side by side with her sister, the decision was easy! As a medical account executive, she has the privilege to work with multiple healthcare providers in the Sussex area including hospitals, cancer centers, long term care facilities, homecare agencies and community organizations. Sharing the mission of Delaware Hospice and its programs has become a passion, with a goal of helping those in our community as they travel their healthcare journey. In 2001 Delaware Hospice cared for her mother-in-law and made a lasting impression on her. January 2016 marks Luanne's 9 year anniversary with Delaware Hospice. During this time the organization has provided care for her father, father-in-law and many friends. The care and compassion they all received is why she continues to be a strong advocate for this organization. Believing in a balanced lifestyle, Luanne and her husband enjoy camping with their family and riding on their Harley. Live for today and cherish the moments is her motto.
Jennifer Jurzcak
Delaware Dept. of Labor
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 my 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.
Donna Stalvey
Satterfield & Ryan and Coldwell Banker Resort Realty
Derrick Mangum
Perdue
Derrick Mangum is originally from North Carolina. He has lived in Delaware for a total of 8 years. He is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville N.C. He is currently the Complex Human Resources Manager for Perdue Farms in Milford Delaware. He has been in the poultry industry for 16 years. He resides in the Milford area with his wife and 2 sons.
James Sharp
Moore & Rutt P.A.
James P. Sharp was born in Milford, Delaware and graduated from Milford High School. After graduating from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, Mr. Sharp obtained his license to practice law in both Delaware and Maryland and has practiced law in Sussex County since 2006. Currently he is an associate in the law firm of Moore and Rutt, P.A., Georgetown, Delaware, where he has worked since 2005. His practice involves civil litigation, real estate transactions, business law, guardianships, collections, planning & zoning, municipal law, Will drafting and Landlord/Tenant Law. Through this practice, he has prepared easement agreements, deeds, restrictive covenants, leases, and contracts and he has represented clients regarding mortgage foreclosures, debt collection, real property disputes, evictions, guardianships, annexation agreements and business transactions. Mr. Sharp has practiced before the Supreme Court, the Superior Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Court of Chancery, Family Court and the Justice of the Peace Court. He has spoken at seminars regarding estate planning and Landlord / Tenant matters. He advises Sussex County on matters concerning the Sussex County Board of Adjustment, the Sussex County Airport and on Landlord/Tenant matters. He also serves as the Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Milford. Mr. Sharp serves as a Code Revisor for the State of Delaware and as a member of the Preliminary Review Committee. He also serves as a Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford and The Next Generation South of the Delaware Community Foundation. He is a 2012 Fellow of Leadership Delaware and has served as a former member of the Frederica Senior Center Board of Directors. Professionally, Mr. Sharp has served as a former President of the Sussex County Bar Association and Vice President of the Delaware State Bar Association. He volunteers as an attorney for the Office of the Child Advocate and has served as an attorney coach for the Polytech Mock Trial Team. His article "Pinned Down, A Detailed Look at Labor Issues in Professional Wrestling" was published in the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. He is a member of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, the Delaware State Bar Association, the Sussex County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Bruce Johnston
Subway
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:
   Expo/Mixer Carlisle Fire Company ~ 5 to 7 p.m. - Chairperson: Donna Stalvey, Satterfield & Ryan
   Annual Awards Dinner Committee Milford Senior Center ~ 5:30 to 8 p.m. - Chairperson: Ruth Abbate - B Safe Security
   Girls Night Out featuring the Marvelous Men of Milford Harrington Raceway & Casino ~ 7 to 10 p.m.
   Annual Golf Classic The Rookery North - Chairperson - Brad Fielder
   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: Christine Rust, M & T Bank
   PRO Professionals Reaching Out - Chairperson - Frank Payton, Techno Goober

 
411 N. Rehoboth Blvd.
Milford, DE 19963
Phone: (302) 422-3344
Fax: (302) 422-7503
E-mail: milford@milfordchamber.com