About Dave Baker
A lifelong Delawarean, David “Dave” Baker spent his childhood summers on Felton Avenue in Lewes Beach, back when gas stations were full service, weakfish were plentiful, and Clifton’s and Jack’s Market were the places to go for a cool drink on a hot day. Even then, Dave was a hard worker: he painted houses, helped plaster the (then) new Henlopen Hotel, rented sailboats to beachgoers, and worked at Bob Raley’s nursery. It was during one of those summers he met his wife Sandy when she served him ice cream at the Dairy Queen.
Together they moved to Sussex County in 1978, where their lives have centered around two priorities: family and public service. While raising their four sons in the Milton area, they demonstrated their commitment to community and education. Their sons graduated from Cape Henlopen High School and all pursued advanced degrees or certifications in their professions, while Sandy returned to school to become a respected public school teacher. Over the years, Dave has served as a member of the Cape Henlopen School Board, a Boy Scout leader, and a coach for the Milton Little League and Odyssey of the Mind. Two of their sons continue to live in the Lewes area with their families and follow Dave’s example as active members of the community.
Few have as much depth and breadth of experience attending to issues directly impacting the residents of Senate District 6 as Dave. An employee of the Sussex County government for nearly 34 years (1978-2012), Dave worked his way up from Supervisor of Accounts and Grants, to Director of Accounting, to County Finance Director, and finally to County Administrator. During his tenure, Dave worked with both Democratic—and Republican—controlled County Councils to ensure the County remained financially sound and maintained one of the lowest local tax rates on the eastern seaboard. He is especially proud of his work to obtain financing for wastewater infrastructure projects on the Route One corridor from east of Milton south to Fenwick Island plus Angola, and the creation of the Airframe Mechanic Program at Del Tech in Georgetown.
Dave’s dedication to the community extends beyond his time working in County government. He is currently a board member of Primeros Pasos Early Childhood Learning Center, a non-profit preschool in Georgetown serving mostly children from low-income families with working parents. In his role as Building Chairman, Dave was instrumental in securing funds and managing efforts to build a $1.4 million campus in Georgetown. Dave also serves on the board of CHEER, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life and independence for our County’s senior citizens, and is a member of the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Beebe Hospital Investment Committee, and the Sussex County Pension Investment Committee.
Dave holds bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Sociology from the University of Delaware and a master’s of business administration from Wilmington College. Dave is a parishioner at Saint Edmond Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.
Dave and his wife Sandy (far right) with their sons and daughters-in-law (right to left) Jim, Eileen, Jon, Joanna, Anne, Rob, Lauren & Joe, and their six grandchildren, Dylan, Teagan, Caroline, Tatum, Lily and Flynn