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Town Council

 

 

Elected Officials

 

Contact Information:

Mayor TJ Redefer: tj@townofdeweybeach.com

Commissioner Paul Bauer: paulbauer@townofdeweybeach.com

Commissioner Dale Cooke: dalehcooke@townofdeweybeach.com

Commissioner Gary Persinger: garypersinger@townofdeweybeach.com

Commissioner David Moskowitz: davidm@townofdeweybeach.com

Town Council meetings are scheduled monthly and held in the lifesaving station unless otherwise noted. See calendar for specific dates and times.
 

Mayor TJ Redefer

 

John E Redefer III, is known as TJ. Born in Dewey Beach and married to his wife of 29 years, the Redefer's live on Houston Street in Dewey Beach. TJ is the owner and Broker of Rehoboth Bay Realty, Co. located in the center of town. He has been assisting people to rent, buy and sell homes in Coastal Delaware since 1987. In June 2017, his son, John E Redefer IV “Jack”, a graduate of Wesley College, joined his Real Estate Team.

As a lifelong member of this community TJ has helped others by volunteering his skills often. TJ is the 2017-2018 President of the Dewey Beach Lions Club and has been an active member of the club for nearly 20 years. He was selected by the town leadership in 2016 to be on the 2017 Comprehensive Plan working group. Additionally, TJ has served in a leadership role on committees, and has chaired ethics hearing panels for the Sussex County Association of Realtors.

 

Commissioner Paul Bauer

 

 

Paul has been enjoying Dewey Beach for 27 years, the past 15 years as a property owner. He has been married for 26 years, to Tina, and they have two children, Cody (23) and Caleigh (19), both of whom live and work in town. Professionally, he works as a Business Development Executive for Staples -Commercial & Enterprise division for the past 20+ years.  Paul is an active Member of the Dewey Beach Lions Club, active Board Member of "Slam Dunk to the Beach", prior Board Member of the Dewey Beach Civic League, active volunteer at most events in town, and former Basketball Coach at Concord High School.

Commissioner Dale H. Cooke

 

 

Home owner for approximately 20 years and resident approximately 15 years. Military: United States Marine Corps - Sgt./E-5; Viet Nam & Cuba; Graduate Non-Commissioned Officers Leadership School, Okinawa, Japan. Employment: 1) U.S. Government, Central Intelligence Agency, White House, 2) Boys' Clubs of Greater Washington; Silver Spring Boys' Club(Md.) and Woodbridge Boys' Club(Va.) - Program Director; Falls Church Boys' Club(Va.) and McLean Boys' Club(Va.) - Branch Director; Summer residential camp(Md.) - Camp Director; Graduate, Boys' Clubs of America Leadership School - New York University, 3) United States Postal Service: Postal Machine Mechanic; Maintenance Manager - 20 employees / 11 buildings; Graduate, AFL/CIO - American Postal Workers' Union Leadership School; Graduate,  numerous Postal Service management classes and USPS Management School, Potomac, Md. Previous Volunteer Work: 1) Silver Spring(Md.) Postal Workers' Union & Montgomery County(Md.) Postal Workers' Union - Maintenance Director; 2) Montgomery County Postal Federal Credit Union - Board Member and Chairman/President; 3) Montgomery County(Md.) National Association of Postal Supervisors – President; 4) Washington D.C./Maryland State National Association of Postal Supervisors – President; 5) Montgomery County(Md.) Health Department - Buddy Program, volunteer and group coordinator.; 6) Whitman-Walker Health Clinic - volunteer and Maryland Branch board member; 7) Washington, D.C. Health Department - Ryan White Committee member; 8) Sussex County Association of Towns – member; 9) Town of Dewey Beach, De. - member multiple committees; 10) Town of Dewey Beach, De. - Town Commissioner, 7 years; Completed Emergency Preparedness Management Classes - State of Delaware Emergency Management Agency; Completed Town Government Organization and Management Classes - University of Delaware  Present Volunteer Work: 1) Town of Dewey Beach – Mayor; 2) Dewey Beach Lions Club - member various committees; 3) Delaware Center for Inland Bays - member Water Use Committee; 4) Maryland Postal Federal Credit Union - Chairman/President.

Commissioner Gary Persinger

(301)717- 1498

 

Gary Persinger has owned property in Dewey Beach for 30 years. Before joining the Town Council, he served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and on the Comprehensive Development Plan Working Group. For more than 10 years, he has been treasurer of his condo association in Dewey Beach and was treasurer of several PTA organizations for his children’s schools. Gary earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Statistics, and completed additional post-Master’s coursework at George Washington University. He spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry managing research and policy development for state and Federal legislative and regulatory efforts, and provided input to government agencies including GAO and Congressional Budget Office. His wife Mary is a retired teacher who during the course of her career taught high school English, and Algebra and Latin in middle school. Gary and Mary reside in Olney, Maryland, and have three children and nine grandchildren. Dewey Beach is a year-round second home for the whole family.

Commissioner David Moskowitz

 

David has a diverse skill set (CFA/CPA/MBA/MS/SPHR/SHRM-SCP) and experience for five years as Dewey Beach's Investment Committee Chair (Return of 12.2% or nearly $500,000 the last 3 years). He spent many years working on a trading desk doing quantitative research for a $350 billion dollar portfolio and now does Financial Risk Management.

Serving as HOA President, David worked to transform his ocean-block complex on Read Street from being in disrepair and having financial troubles ($300 in the bank) to addressing over $500k of repairs. He put his construction knowledge to use by repairing, renovating, and replacing all common area components including decks, electrical, plumbing, fireplaces, swimming pool, parking area, and fences.

David has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from Colorado State University. Also a Bachelor’s degree in Management from SUNY Binghamton with concentrations in Accounting (CPA), Finance, and MIS after graduating HS at 16.

Certifications include Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Certified Professional Accountant (DE & FL), Real Estate Broker (NY, PA) & Agent (DE), Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), Society for HR Mgmt-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

His father is a holocaust survivor who escaped to the US as a young boy, joining the Army at 18, then worked for the US Post Office with a salary that could not afford to pay for David’s college. David worked the overnight shift for the New York State University Police and summers as a personal trainer, and is still certified as an ACE certified personal trainer.

In his free time, David raised a top 20 show dog and through the use of social media has seen Oscar put on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, various TV programs, and have upwards of 103,000 Facebook likes.