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The Delaware Township Committee consists of five members who each serve three year terms. Members serve staggered terms and the mayor is chosen annually by the Committee at its reorganization meeting.Meetings are held at the Township Building the second and last Mondays of the month at 7:30pm.

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  • Doug Borden
    (Dem)

  • Chad W. Bower
    (Rep)

  • Charles P. Herman
    (Rep)

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    Susan D. Lockwood
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing our municipality? How do you intend to address these challenges?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this office?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

The State’s Attorney General has directed all county and municipal police agencies to identify discriminatory policies and practices and work to eliminate them. What can our municipality do to promote accountability and non-biased policing in law enforcement?

What are your short-term and long-term proposals to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

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Campaign Email lockwood161@comcast.net
Since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, we have found that it’s difficult to make a small, historical, municipal building safe for our staff and residents. In addition, working remotely has made it more evident that the local wiring and technology for the building is not sufficient. Unrelated to Covid, and through happenstance, we’ve also lost important staff members. I intend to address these issues by adapting our budget, seeking grant funding to assist in technology upgrades, and by addressing quickly and efficiently the hiring of staff to get us back on track.
I began volunteering on the Environmental Commission in 1987. After that, I volunteered on the Planning Board and Open Space Committee and on many other Township subcommittees where help was needed. I first got elected to Delaware Township Committee in 1997. Since then, I have continued as Township Committee liaison to many Boards and Committees, negotiated contracts, served as Mayor, held the positions of Police Commissioner and Personnel Commissioner, and served on every subcommittee including the Finance and Budget Subcommittee. I started and continue to edit the Township’s newsletter, have been at the forefront of fighting the PennEast pipeline from the municipal side, and have spearheaded the latest efforts to obtain lower electricity costs for our residents. I began as a volunteer and have been working for the Township in various capacities for more than 30 years.
As a member of the Finance and Budget Subcommittee, the main proposal, already enacted, was to take advantage of falling interest rates and refinance the Township debt.
Delaware Township is fortunate because our police chiefs have long been advocates for community policing. That means knowing your residents as people under non-emergent circumstances, so that when issues do arise the police are better prepared. This has resulted in a very efficient and even-handed police force. In addition, in hiring, we have focused on hiring those with college educations, which has been shown to reduce bias issues. Finally, we have a close relationship with our Chief so that he is accountable to the Township Committee and the Township Committee is made immediately aware of any issues that may arise. We also require a monthly report of activity from our Department heads, including the police.
To date, we’ve been fortunate as most of our residents have been able to keep up with their taxes. In the short term, we should continue to keep our municipal tax rate flat to give us all the time needed to try to get past the extreme downturn of the economy resulting from the virus. This year, as a member of the Finance and Budget Subcommittee, the Township bond rating increased for the first time, which helped drop the interest rate to refinance Township debt. These measures helped keep the tax rate stable. In the long-term, if the tax payment rate falls, we will have to re-examine everything in the budget for items that can be postponed until such time that the economy for our residents recovers. We also investigate any and all assistance that may be provided by the State or Federal government.