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Delaware River and Bay Authority Welcomes New Commission Member; Michael Ratchford Joins as New Castle County Representative
By JSalmon on 07/18/2017:  

Delaware River and Bay Authority Welcomes New Commission Member
Michael Ratchford Joins as New Castle County Representative

(New Castle, DE) Today, the Delaware River and Bay Authority welcomed a new Commission member as Vice Chairman Bill Lowe administered the Commission Oath of Office to Michael Ratchford, of New Castle, DE prior to the bi-state agency’s monthly meeting. Commissioner Ratchford’s term extends to July 1, 2019. On June 21, 2017, the Delaware State Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination.

“I am honored that Governor Carney has chosen me to serve the residents of New Castle County and the State of Delaware as an Authority Commissioner,” Ratchford said. “As former Chief of Staff to a Delaware Governor, I am very familiar with the Delaware River and Bay Authority – its organization and operation. With its family of transportation facilities, the Authority plays a key role in the economic future of the region and I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, Tom Cook and his management team to continue to maximize the Authority’s full potential.”

As W.L Gore & Associates Government Relations Associate, Ratchford is responsible for developing and executing government relations strategies in support of Gore’s diverse business.

“Mr. Ratchford has extensive experience in the public and private sectors” Lowe said. "I am confident he will bring insight and expertise to DRBA policy discussions. We are fortunate to have him as a member of the Delaware delegation.”

Prior to joining W.L Gore, Commissioner Ratchford spent eight years in the electric utility industry, first as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Government Relations at Conectiv in Wilmington, Delaware and then as Vice President of Federal Relations for Pepco Holdings, Inc. in Washington, DC. Mr. Ratchford also served as Delaware’s Secretary of State and Chief of Staff for former Governor Michael N. Castle, and then worked as an Administration Assistant to Congressman Castle.

“Commissioner Ratchford has built a distinguished career in public service in the State of Delaware and is an excellent addition to the Board,” Executive Director Tom Cook noted. “We understand the time commitment involved and are thankful he is willing to serve the people of Delaware and New Jersey as a board member.” Cook noted that Commissioners are not compensated for their service to the agency.

Commissioner Ratchford currently serves on a number of non-profit, government and trade association boards including, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors, the Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission, Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Cecil County Maryland Economic Development Council and the Outdoor Industry Association’s Trade Advisory Council.

Commissioner Ratchford earned a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and later attained a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Mississippi. Mike and Linda Ratchford reside in historic New Castle where Linda serves as President of the New Castle City Council.

The Commission is comprised of twelve commissioners - six each from New Jersey and Delaware - who are appointed by their respective Governor.

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit

Photo caption: DRBA Vice Chairman Bill Lowe (left) administers the Commission Oath of Office to the agency’s new Commissioner, Michael Ratchford (center) as Executive Director Tom Cook holds the Bible.

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