Mayor & City Council
The Mayor and City Council meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Special meetings may occur and are posted under Agendas and Minutes.
Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at Lewes City Hall, 114 E Third Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958 unless otherwise posted.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Andrew Williams was born and raised in Lewes where his family roots are several generations deep. He and his wife Rita have 2 sons Keenan and Bodhi. An alumnus of Dickinson College and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andrew is a Director at GlobalData PLC a business intelligence and data analysis firm.
Mayor Williams serves as the ex-officio member of the Lewes Board of Public Works and as the chair of the Mitigation Planning Team.
Deputy MaYor & COUNCILPERSON
COUNCILPERSOn & Secretary
Tim Ritzert was elected to City Council in the 2020 elections. Washington DC and the northern Virginia suburbs were where he was raised and lived as an adult until he acquired his home in Lewes in 2010 and moved to Lewes full time shortly afterwards. Tim is a graduate of James Madison University. His professional background includes positions in the electric utility and telecommunications industries.
Councilperson Ritzert serves as the ex-officio member of the Planning Commission and the Public Art Committee.
COUNCILPERSON & TREASURER
Carolyn Elaine Jones was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Her career started in New York City in banking and led to Washington, DC to the fields of academia at Gallaudet University, consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and quasi-government at the Smithsonian Institution. In each field Ms. Jones held positions that required problem-solving, leadership, people skills and vision. Diverse, challenging positions at the Smithsonian led to her appointment as Director of Human resources with a staff of 100, responsible for 6,500 employees. While in that position Ms. Jones orchestrated policy initiatives that have become standards for federal employment practices. She holds a BS in business from the University of Maryland and an MBA in finance from Southeastern University.
Ms. Jones has lived in Lewes since 2008. Since then she has continued a lifelong record of public service—in volunteer work and civic involvement.
Councilperson Jones serves on Council as Treasurer, on the Finance Committee, and as an ex-officio member on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Candace Vessella began her career as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Ten years later, she joined the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and then, BAE Systems Inc. She retired in 2009 from her position as the Vice President for Government Relations with BAE Systems Inc.
In parallel with her civilian career, she served 26 years as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, retiring as a Navy Captain. Her last command assignment was Commander, Navy Reserve Intelligence Command, Washington, DC, where she was responsible for over 850 active duty and reserve personnel.
She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Southern Connecticut State University and her Master’s in International Relations and African studies from The American University in Washington, DC.
Since making Lewes her home in 2009, she was elected to the Lewes Board of Public Works (2011 – 2013); served on the Lewes Board of Adjustment (2013 – 2022), Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission (2018 – 2022), and Lewes Executive Committee on Resiliency (2021 – 2022). She is the president of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors.
Councilperson Vessella serves as an ex-officio member on the Historic Preservation Architectural Review Commission and on the Finance Committee.