Owen to take seat on Lewes BPW

No need for election
April 23, 2013
A. Thomas Owen will become a Lewes Board of Public Works director when he takes the oath of office at the panel’s Wednesday, April 24 meeting. Owen and incumbent Pres Lee faced no challengers for two open seats, eliminating need for a Saturday, May 11, BPW election.

A. Thomas Owen will take the oath office for a Lewes Board of Public Works seat at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 in City Hall.

As of the April 4 filing deadline, only Owen, 71, and Pres Lee, 67, a one-term incumbent, filed to run for two open seats on the panel. Having no other challengers, there is no need for the Saturday, May 11, BPW election.

Owen filed following board member Candace Vessella’s decision to withdraw from the BPW race and become a candidate for a Lewes City Council seat.

Owen said he would to contribute to the board because of his business and risk-management experience.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Owen currently serves on Lewes Board of Adjustment and served on Lewes Canalfront Park’s final phase fundraising committee.

In 1964 he began a career in the insurance industry, with Chubb & Sons Insurance, in New York City, where he specialized in risk management and property casualty insurance.

Owen earned an associate’s degree in risk management, and became a chartered property casualty underwriter. In 1970 he started Owen Inc., an independent insurance agency in York, Pa.

Owen and wife Libby were seasonal Lewes residents for several years before he retired in 2006 and moved to the city permanently. The couple has been married 42 years. They live on Burton Avenue.

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