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Mayor & Council

Left to right: Penuel Barrett (Ward 4), Angela Townsend (Ward 3), William West (Mayor), Tony Neal (Ward 2), Christina Diaz-Malone (Ward 1)
Left to right: Penuel Barrett (Ward 4), Angela Townsend (Ward 3), William West (Mayor), Tony Neal (Ward 2), Christina Diaz-Malone (Ward 1)

Council Members

Bill West

Bill has lived in the Georgetown area all his life. He moved in town in 1979 and married Faye Collins West (works at M&T Bank). Bill and Faye have two daughters, Courtney and Megan. Courtney and her husband, Zach Johnson, live in North Carolina, while Megan lives in Newark and teaches in the Brandywine School District. Bill started as a Patrolman in the Georgetown Police Department in 1978 and worked here four (4) years before becoming a Delaware State Trooper. Bill has 29 years of community service for the citizens of Delaware. He has always believed that giving respect will, in turn, get you respect, and if you work for the good of the citizens in this community, the citizens will work with you for the good of the community. Bill has been actively involved in the community. He coached little league and travel softball for approximately ten years. He was a board member for the Delaware State Police Credit Union and an active committee member for the Delaware State Troopers Association. Bill was awarded Detective of the Year in 1989 by Crime Stoppers for criminal investigations. In 2002, Bill was awarded an Exceptional Performance Award for performing significantly above what would be expected in an area or event that was within his normal realm of responsibilities. He is very proud of his work ethic and looks forward to applying these standards to his position as Mayor of Georgetown.

Christina Diaz-Malone

Christina Diaz-Malone's commitment to community has been a staple in her 30-plus years in the private sector. In her work in housing and community development lending, she played a key role in building the legacy and infrastructure of many families, businesses and towns like Georgetown. Christina's experience stems from extensive work with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in housing finance, homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, housing and employee diversity and inclusion. In her various capacities, she developed relationships and initiatives with organizations focused on housing and public policy outcomes for lower and moderate-income families; this included working closely with local and national lenders, regional and local municipalities across the country. Since retiring from her corporate career, Christina has sought out roles in Georgetown that leverage her talents and benefit the community. Christina provides translation services free of charge and she volunteers with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity as mentor to families through the homeownership process. Christina believes that a home of your own is an important component of community building, prosperity and unity. As a member of the Georgetown Council, Christina Diaz-Malone plans to focus her energies on working hand-in-hand with members of the Council, the Mayor and the community to: 1. Pursue the Town's most promising economic goals as per the recent "comprehensive plan". 2. Encourage community collaboration in promoting Georgetown's most valuable inheritance/legacy - it's assets, it's history and it's values. 3. Support government transparency, accountability and leadership such that leaders' actions inspire community trust, involvement, and preparation of future town leaders. Among Christina's professional accolades, awards, training and work experience, she is most proud of the results that were achieved through her work and community involvement. She is married to Judson P. Malone; she has two children, Melania and Javier; and is grandmother of two children and three dogs.

Tony Neal

Tony Neal, a native of Georgetown, is the son of the late Wilbert and Ruth Neal. He graduated from Sussex Central High School in 1973, the first of his siblings to do so. While at Sussex Central, Tony was an outstanding wrestler. He was conference champion and finished ranked second in the state his senior year. Wrestling taught him many lessons, including how to be a fighter. Tony did a short stint in the United States Army before returning home to Sussex County to live and work. During his early years, he worked at several businesses and organizations including supervisor at Allen Foods. He gave his life to Christ in 1990 and became a member of the Booker Street Church of God, where he served as a minister, trustee, and Assistant Pastor. In addition, He founded Everlasting Hope Ministries in 1993. The purpose of EHM is to provide help and resources to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. In 1997, he began employment at The Way Home, which has been one of his callings ever since. Tony saw both Everlasting Hope Ministries and The Way Home as "life-saving stations" for individuals looking for hope. Tony established a stellar reputation, not only in Georgetown, but also throughout Sussex County and the entire state of Delaware. He has received numerous honors, awards, and recognitions for his work in recovery. In 2019, Tony established the Everlasting Hope Ministries Dream Center, located at 504 West Market Street. This one-stop-shop offers several amenities including offices, dining room, recreation rooms, meeting rooms, and a worship center. Weekly support classes along with a variety of other services are offered there. In 2023, EHM celebrated 30 years of sponsoring annual tent services and an anti-drug march aimed at helping those in need. Tony is married to his wife Vanessa, and they have five adult children, Anthony, Damian, Antonio, Keyana, and Kenya. The Neal's have a growing number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a lifelong resident of Georgetown, Tony has used his own story of overcoming drug and alcohol addictions to become a champion for other individuals struggling with their own addictions and seeking recovery.

Angela Townsend

I was born and raised in Georgetown, attended Georgetown High School, and graduated from Sussex Central, Class of 1970. I was hired by Sussex County in 1972 and served as Assistant Director of Finance for 33 years, retiring in 2005. I formerly served on Town Council for 3 years, serving from 2002 to 2005. The opportunity arose and I as hired as Town Clerk for the Town of Georgetown, being employed for 10 years, 8 months, 21 days, retiring in 2016. Again the opportunity arose in 2020 to serve on Town Council. I ran unopposed and was sworn in September 2020. With husband Clayton, we raised 3 children and currently have 6 grandchildren. As a lifelong resident of Georgetown, I am committed to enhancing our quality of life and preserving our historic roots. I have dedicated my professional career to public service and will continue to do so as the Councilperson for Ward 3.

Penuel Barrett

I am your Councilman for the 4th Ward but I am also committed to serving the needs of all residents of the Town. Having lived in Georgetown for 24 years, I believe I know both its strengths, and the areas that require attention in order to improve and preserve our historic community. I am a local businessman, and with my wife Kim, we have raised our three sons. During our time here, I have been involved in leadership positions in several of our valued community organizations. Proudly, I have served the community as the longest active Chief of our outstanding Volunteer Fire Department, and was Fireman of the Year in 2006. I am currently serving as Asst. Chief. Also, during my residency, I have been committed to the continuation of programs for our youth. Most notably, the Georgetown Little League where I have been a member for 20 years. During that time, I served as President for five years and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2013. My personal investment in the Town also includes my membership on the Town's Planning Commission where recommendations are made to the Mayor and Council regarding development and zoning issues.