Councilman William E. Powers Jr. has been both a Delawarean and a resident of New Castle County since childhood. He is a family man being married to his wife Joan for over 25 years with whom he has proudly raised his two children, Katie and Will.
As a youth, Bill was interested in farming and plowed local fields and worked with horses. Upon graduation from Newark High School in 1977, Bill's parents bought a farm in Townsend which today he owns and his whole family operates. For years, Bill's farm supplied turkeys to many residents in New Castle County. Currently, his family farm raises sheep, beef cattle, hogs and chickens that supply eggs. Bill is also retired from the Chrysler Corporation.
Bill currently serves as a member of the Delaware Sheep and Wool Producers, Inc. and the New Castle County Farm Bureau (Past President). He is a past member of the Delaware Beef Advisory Council. He is also actively involved with the activities of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H.
He is currently the chairman of the New Castle County Farm Preservation Advisory Board and a past member of the Delaware Open Space Council, the Delaware Citizen's Task Force for Water Quality, and the Committee for National Parks in Delaware.
Elected to his first term of office as a New Castle County councilman in November of 2006, Bill presently is the co-chair of the council's Special Services Committee. He is also a member of the Community Services, Finance / Administration, Public Safety, Land Use, Economic Development, and Executive committees.
Bill's top priority is to improve the land use process to assure that both the citizens of today and of the future will be able to live and work in a high quality and livable environment.