Mayor & City Council
The Mayor & City Council regular meeting is held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, unless otherwise indicated.
James L. Ford, III - Mayor
(302) 645-7286

Mayor Ford was appointed to the Lewes Planning Commission in 1987, elected to City Council 1992, appointed Deputy Mayor in 1998 and was elected Mayor in 2004. He is president of the Sussex County Association of Towns, a member of the National League of Cities. He is the past President of the Delaware League of Local Governments; serving on the League's Executive and Legislative Committees. Mayor Ford is also a member of the Sea Grant Advisory Council and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Lewes Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lewes Historical Society and as a member of the Fort Miles Historical Association, Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation, Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Association, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and is an honorary member of the Lewes Fire Department. Mayor Ford graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences. Mayor Ford has been a resident of Lewes since 1976 and owns a building contracting business, specializing in historic restoration. His wife, Teresa, is the owner of Kids' Ketch on Second Street in Lewes. The Fords have two children, Jacob and Maren. His hobbies are outdoor activities and he enjoys traveling.
Theodore W. Becker - Deputy Mayor/Treasurer
(302) 645-8726

Mr. Becker has been a member of the City Council since May 2004 and was appointed Deputy Mayor & Treasurer in June 2011. He is currently a managing partner of Stewart Becker Properties in Lewes. He has worked as a program manager for the US Division of Special Education; the U.S. Department of Education; and served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1978-1996. Mr. Becker has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in occupational therapy and attended George Washington University where he studied public administration. Councilperson Becker is chairperson of the Street Improvement Committee, Canalfront Park Marina Committee and the Finance Committee. He is also ex-officio on the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission
Fred W. Beaufait - Councilperson/Secretary
(302) 644-1498

Mr. Beaufait was elected to the City Council in May 2011 and appointed Secretary in June 2011. He has been a resident of Lewes since 2004, when he retired with his wife Lois. Fred recieved his BS in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, a MS in structural engineering from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Virginia Tech. Early in his professional career he worked for a private consulting firm and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Beaufait enjoyed a 46-year career in higher education from professor to college president. He was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, West Virginia and Michigan. Since retiring to Lewes, Fred has served on the Board of The Friends of the Canalfront Park and worked with the Summer Music program held in Stango Park. He is active in the Lewes Presbyterian Church and serves on the Board of Trustees on the Rehoboth Art League.
Bonnie Osler - Councilperson
(302) 645-4853

Ms. Osler was elected to City Council in 2012. She serves as liaison from Council to the Lewes Planning Commission and the Scenic and Historic Byways Committee. A Lewes homeowner since 1993, Ms. Osler also serves on the boards of directors of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market and the Greater Lewes Community Village. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Osler worked for more than two decades at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as private sector law practice. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Dennis Reardon - Councilperson
(302) 645-7777

Mr. Reardon was appointed to the Lewes Planning Commission in May 2012. On May 10, 2013 he was elected to the City Council. A Delaware native, Dennis became a Lewes homeowner in the 1970's and a resident in 2006. He is a graduate of La Salle University and the University of Baltimore, School of Law. He retired in 2010 after 22 years with the State of Delaware and 24 years in private industry. He currently serves as the City Council's liaison to the Sussex County Council and the Lewes Library Board of Directors. He is also ex-officio to the Parks & Recreation Commission, Mitigation Planning Team and the Lewes Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the Overfalls Foundation and the Mid-Delmarva Board of the Blood Bank of Delmarva.