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Redefer named mayor in Dewey

Appelbaum, Dunmyer indemnified; 112-page report available for viewing
With former Mayor Dale Cooke looking on, Dewey Mayor TJ Redefer is sworn in. CHRIS FLOOD PHOTO
September 23, 2017

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1 Dagsworthy Street
Dewey Beach  Delaware  19971
United States

For the third straight year there will be a different mayor in Dewey Beach.

TJ Redefer, elected Sept. 16, was unanimously named mayor by his fellow commissioners during the town’s organization meeting Saturday, Sept. 23.

“It’s best to move on as a town, and come together again,” said Redefer.

Also sworn in was the town’s previous mayor Dale Cooke and Paul Bauer, who was elected as council secretary.

Council indemnifies Appelbaum, Dunmyer

The night before the three candidates were sworn in, Sept. 22, town council voted unanimously to indemnify Town Manager Marc Appelbaum and former Commissioner Mike Dunmyer.

The agenda for the meeting also called for a discussion and possible vote to adopt the recommendations of the independent investigator looking into the allegations by town employees against Appelbaum, but that agenda item was unanimously removed.

Cooke said council had received the 112-page document Sept. 21, and didn’t have enough time to fully look it over. He also said a full, redacted, copy of the report is available on the town website.

Former Commissioner and longtime mayor Diane Hanson was not in attendance at either meeting because of a previously scheduled vacation.

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