The City of Delaware operates under a council-manager form of government. Council, as the legislative body, represents the entire community and is empowered by the City Charter to formulate policy. City Council is comprised of seven members; three elected at-large by all city residents, and four representing the four city wards and elected only by those ward residents. All council members serve four-year terms. The mayor and vice mayor are selected by Council from among the at-large members and serve two-year terms. Council members are part-time civil servants who do not maintain offices at City Hall but, rather, serve their constituency through personal contact. City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm at City Hall.
Delaware City Council Members:
Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, At-Large
Carolyn Kay Riggle has represented the residents of Delaware since November 2003 and has served as Mayor since November 2013. Prior to being elected as Mayor, Council member Riggle served as Vice Mayor from 2005-2009. Council member Riggle serves on the Airport Commission, Planning Commission, Sister City Advisory Board, Community Promotions Committee, Intergovernmental Committee, Tax Incentive Review Council, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission – Alternate, and on the Delaware Knox Marion and Morrow Solid Waste District Board. Her term ends November 2021.
Vice Mayor Kent Shafer, At-Large
Kent Shafer has represented the residents of Delaware since November 2013 and as served as Vice Mayor since 2015. Council member Shafer serves on the Finance Committee, Parking and Safety Committee, Civil Service Commission Liaison, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. His term ends November 2021.
George Hellinger, At-Large
George Hellinger has represented the residents of Delaware since November 2013. Council member Hellinger serves on the Public Works/Public Utilities Committee, Finance Committee and YMCA Advisory Board. He served as Vice Mayor from 2013-2015. His term ends November 2021.
Chris Jones has represented the residents of Delaware’s 1st Ward since September 2010. Council member Jones serves on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Public Works/Public Utilities Committee, Finance Committee, and the Recreation Levy Sub-Committee. His term ends November 2023.
Lisa Keller has represented the residents of Delaware’s 2nd Ward since July 2008. Council member Keller serves on the Parking and Safety Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Community Promotions Committee, Recreation Levy Sub-Committee and the YMCA Advisory Board. Her term ends November 2023.
Cory Hoffman represents residents of Delaware’s 3rd Ward. Council member Hoffman serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Public Works/Public Utilities Committee, Youth in Government, and Recreation Levy Sub-Committee. His term ends November 2023.
Drew Farrell represents residents of Delaware’s 4th Ward. Council member Farrell serves on the Parking and Safety Committee, Shade Tree Commission Liaison, Community Promotions, City School Board Liaison, and Recreation Levy Sub-Committee. His term ends November 2023.
Front, from left: Kent Shafer, Carolyn Kay Riggle, George Hellinger
Back, from left: City Manager Tom Homan, Drew Farrell, Lisa Keller, Cory Hoffman, Chris Jones, City Council Clerk Elaine McCloskey