Mayor & City Council
The Mayor and City Council meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Special meetings may occur and are posted under Agendas and Minutes.
Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at Lewes City Hall, 114 E Third Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958 unless otherwise posted.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Andrew Williams was born and raised in Lewes where his family roots are several generations deep. He and his wife Rita have 2 sons Keenan and Bodhi. An alumnus of Dickinson College and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andrew is a Director at GlobalData PLC a business intelligence and data analysis firm.
Mayor Williams serves as the ex-officio member of the Lewes Board of Public Works and as the chair of the Mitigation Planning Team.
Deputy MaYor & COUNCILPERSON
COUNCILPERSOn & Secretary
Tim Ritzert was elected to City Council in the 2020 elections. Washington DC and the northern Virginia suburbs were where he was raised and lived as an adult until he acquired his home in Lewes in 2010 and moved to Lewes full time shortly afterwards. Tim is a graduate of James Madison University. His professional background includes positions in the electric utility and telecommunications industries.
Councilperson Ritzert serves as the ex-officio member of the Planning Commission and the Public Art Committee.
COUNCILPERSON & TREASURER
Carolyn Elaine Jones was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Her career started in New York City in banking and led to Washington, DC to the fields of academia at Gallaudet University, consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and quasi-government at the Smithsonian Institution. In each field Ms. Jones held positions that required problem-solving, leadership, people skills and vision. Diverse, challenging positions at the Smithsonian led to her appointment as Director of Human resources with a staff of 100, responsible for 6,500 employees. While in that position Ms. Jones orchestrated policy initiatives that have become standards for federal employment practices. She holds a BS in business from the University of Maryland and an MBA in finance from Southeastern University.
Ms. Jones has lived in Lewes since 2008. Since then she has continued a lifelong record of public service—in volunteer work and civic involvement.
Councilperson Jones serves on Council as Treasurer, on the Finance Committee, and as an ex-officio member on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Joseph Elder, Ed.D.
Joseph Elder and his family spent 24 years enjoying their second home in Lewes. Upon retirement, Joe and his wife Kathy became full time residents of Lewes which put them in closer proximity to their two sons: Justin & family in Lewes, DE and Jonathan & family in Philadelphia, PA.
Throughout their time in Lewes, they developed a love and respect for The First Town In The First State. In preparation for becoming full time residents they decided to renovate their small cottage in the Burton subdivision thus preserving a piece of Lewes history. Joe sees it as an honor and privilege to serve on Lewes City Council.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Education from West Chester University, Master of Science Degree in School Administration from the University of Scranton, and Doctorate Leadership and Policy Studies from Temple University.
During his 40 years of service in the field of education he filled the roles of teacher, school administrator, and professor of undergraduate and graduate studies. He is hopeful that the knowledge, skills, and values gained throughout a fulfilling career in education will be of benefit in his role as a city council member.
He looks forward to working with and for the community of Lewes.