Mayor Jerry Clifton was raised in West Wilmington where his father worked for The News Journal for 47 years. He graduated from Wilmington High School and went on to a career in the military. His last duty assignment was at the 193rd Regional Training Institute in Bethany Beach, where he helped develop their training program. He retired from the Delaware National Guard after 21 years on September 30, 2010.
Mayor Clifton moved to Newark in 1992 and won his first term on Council in 1997. He served 19 years on Council from 1997-2014 and 2017-2019 with nine of those years as Deputy Mayor. In 2019, Mayor Clifton was elected to his first term in his current position.
When asked what his favorite part of being mayor is, Mayor Clifton notes that he enjoys having the ability to interact with people across the City and that he hopes people feel he is a strong voice and advocate for them when issues arrive in their lives. In Mayor Clifton’s opinion, the most important issues facing the City are diversity, coming out of the pandemic as financially unscathed as possible, and continuing a solid planning direction for the redevelopment of some of the older properties in Newark with an eye towards sustainability.
Mayor Clifton is married to his wife Linda and together, they have four children, nine grandchildren and two cats.
Mayor Clifton is a past board member for Emmaus House, Newark Senior Center and the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and well as being a lifetime member of VFW Post #475.