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Contact Information:

Mayor TJ Redefer:

Commissioner Paul Bauer:

Commissioner Dale Cooke:

Commissioner Gary Persinger:

Commissioner Courtney Riordan:

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 Courtney Riordan

(302) 258-5358

Courtney Riordan and his wife Pat have been year-round residents in Dewey Beach for the past 16 years. Prior to that time they vacationed in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey beach for 25 years. They especially like living in Dewey Beach because of the distinctive way of life it offers to people of differing interests and ages who are drawn to the area because its beautiful beach and bay access. Courtney served as a Town Commissioner during the years 2002 – 2005 and as Mayor from 2005 -2006. He was again elected Commissioner in 2012 as continues in that capacity today. His main goal in acting as Commissioner is to maintain a balance among the major competing interests that can put risk the value and enjoyment that each derives from the activities offered by the Town’s natural and recreational resources. After serving in the US Army for 3 years, he got educated and had a 28 year career as a researcher and ultimately Office Director in the US EPA. His wife Pat retired from a long career with George Mason University spending her last 10 years as Dean of Admissions. Now she runs a major non- profit Cat rescue and neuter program that looks after cats in Dewey Beach and the surrounding area. Together they love the small town resort character of Dewey Beach and are committed to its protection.