Dewey commissioners establish town committees

Short discussion yields unanimous votes for chairs, members
December 24, 2020

In contrast to what had been in other years a lengthy and sometimes contentious discussion, Dewey Beach commissioners unanimously approved a full slate of town committees in 10 minutes Dec. 11.

Mayor Dale Cooke introduced proposed committee chairs, all but three of whom are returning for duty this year.

Dave Davis will continue permanently in his role as budget and finance chair, which he assumed in the fall after former Chair Bill Stevens had to step down when he was elected commissioner in September. Stevens will serve as commissioner liaison.

Replacing Manuel Bramao as investment committee chair is Brian Privor, who served on the committee last year; Stevens will be commissioner liaison.

Cooke said charter and code ad hoc committee Chair David King will not be able to serve; Cooke said he would speak with members Julie Johnson, Marcia Schieck, Jimmy O’Conor and Elaine Bole to recruit a chair. Interim Town Manager Jim Dedes serves as an ad hoc member and Commissioner Gary Persinger is liaison. 

Resuming their roles as committee chairs are Julie Johnson, audit, with Persinger as liaison; Dave Davis, comprehensive development, with Persinger as liaison; Jim Tyler, infrastructure, with Cooke as liaison; and marketing, Drew Martin, with Commissioner Paul Bauer as liaison.

Commissioner David Jasinski had to relinquish his membership in the charter and code ad hoc group in May, when he was elected to serve the remainder of former Mayor TJ Redefer’s commissioner term. Redefer passed away in April 2020.

After Stevens noted with a smile that Jasinski had no liaison duties, Persinger and Cooke said they could revisit assignments, stating Jasinski said he was more than willing to volunteer on any committee, which Jasinski confirmed.

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