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About Us

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
Starkey & Company
Treasurer

Raised in Greenwood, Delaware, Angel feels a connection to the local area and the businesses that serve our communities. She started her accounting career with a local public accounting firm here in Milford in 2003 and worked her way up the position of Firm Administrator before moving on to a larger firm in Rehoboth, Delaware where she held the position of Supervisor. During her career, Angel has enjoyed helping clients with tax preparation, business consulting, payroll education, and record organizational skills. Angel has experience with many different accounting software systems including QuickBooks, PeachTree, Xero, just to name a few. Angel is married and has four children. Outside of the office, Angel enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She also enjoys volunteering for several local organizations.
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
Dr. Jesse Riggin is a Delaware native and 101st Airborne Division veteran. After serving in the United States Army he earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Delaware and attended graduate school at the University of Western States. He founded Delmarva Chiropractic and Wellness Center on February 8, 2016 and has been a member of the CCGM since 2015. He is co-founder of Shores and Riggin Holdings which is a commercial property holdings LLC. Currently he is president of the Delaware Chiropractic Society, sits on the CCGM board of directors and the executive board of the recently formed Harrington Business Association. He lives in Dover with his wife Barbara and dog Gus. He and his family look forward to adopting a child in fall of 2019.
Cory Fetterman
Fetterman Insurance Agency
Tammey Merix
Imperial Nutrition
Jason Peel
Milford School District
Originally from North Carolina, Jason Peel has made Milford his home for the last 13 years with his wife and three children. With 20 total years of experience in education, he holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. Currently, Jason is the Director of Human Resources and School Climate in the Milford School District.
Janice Elliott
Dover Federal Credit Union
Juan Rodriguez
My Eye Dr.
George Hugnagel
Wattay Accounting
I am originally from Long Island NY, my family and I moved to Milford in 2004. I have been a CPA for 19+ years and have worked in both public and private accounting. I currently work at Wattay Accounting with offices in Milford and Smyrna. I am married with 2 children. I love sports fan who has coached both Pop Warner football and little league baseball/softball in Milford. I also do the color commentating for Milford High School Football. I enjoy spending time with the family and going to the beach.
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
Paige Mark
Dentsply Sirona
Alice Rausch
Bayhealth Medical Center
Alice Bavis Rausch joined the Marketing Communications Department at Bayhealth in the fall of 2015 and serves as the Southern Region Strategy and Brand Program Manager. She has worked with the marketing team to coordinate several large events for the Bayhealth Sussex Campus project, including the groundbreaking, topping out, and opening ceremonies. Alice attended Syracuse University, graduating with a double major in speech communication and broadcast journalism. Prior to joining Bayhealth, Alice anchored the evening news at FOX 21 and WBOC-TV. She now enjoys spending her evenings at home with her husband and two daughters.

OUR COMMITTEES

Events:
   Spring Community Expo Milford Elks Lodge ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
   Girls Night Out featuring the Marvelous Men of Milford Milford Elks Lodge ~ 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

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