Community Affairs

The Communications team includes the City’s communication manager, community affairs officer, creative designer/web specialist and Welcome Center receptionist. Together, they are responsible for communicating with the public through a variety of channels including:

Downtown Newark Partnership


The community affairs officer is also the administrator for the Downtown Newark Partnership (DNP). The DNP is a private/public partnership dedicated to the aesthetic, economic, cultural and social enhancement of downtown Newark. The Partnership has created a unique environment in which the City of Newark, businesses, residential communities, and the University of Delaware can work together toward a common goal: The ongoing enhancement of downtown Newark with mutual benefits.

CGI Communications Partnership

The City of Newark recently partnered with CGI Communications, in cooperation with the National League of Cities and United States Conference of Mayors, to develop a cost-free community showcase program that will allow Newark to better promote tourism, educate and welcome future families and residents, recruit new business and more. The partnership opportunity includes the development of high-quality videos on a variety of topics of interest to Newark and/or its constituents – all at no cost to the City. Costs are absorbed through sponsorship by local businesses and in concert with local non-profits, all of which are solicited by CGI.
  1. CGI Video Tour

    Video Tour of City of Newark

    The City of Newark is excited to release a new series of videos that highlight everything our community offers residents, visitors, and business owners. The videos were created in partnership with CGI Communications, Inc. Watch the video tour here!
  2. Pubs Closing Website Graphic 9-18

    Payments and Utility Billing Availability

    Due to staff training and development Payments and Utility Billing department will be temporarily closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18. Read on...
  3. Green-Wednesday

    Yard Waste Collection Rescheduled

    Due to staff training and development, yard waste collection for Wednesday, September 19 has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 22. Please contact the City of Newark Public Works and Water Resources Department at (302) 366-7000 with any questions. Read on...
  4. Community Day Logo

    City of Newark to Host 47th Annual Community Day

    Hundreds of vendors will be on hand as residents and visitors stroll the University of Delaware Green for the 47th annual Community Day this Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free to attend and features entertainment and fun ... Read on...
  5. Newark-Turns-Town-Teal

    City of Newark Turns the Town Teal for September

    The City of Newark will receive a touch of teal in its annual effort to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Mayor Polly Sierer and Judy Yang, student president of Lori's Hands, along with other University of Delaware Department of Medical ... Read on...
  6. Renee_Bensley_NewsFlash

    Newark's City Secretary Named Delaware Clerk of the Year

    Two successful elections, including the City's first referendum in nearly two decades, were among several notable accomplishments earning Newark City Secretary Renee Bensley the honor of Delaware Clerk of the Year for 2018. The distinction, awarded by ... Read on...
  7. JerryWFickesTrailDedicationWeb

    Jerry W. Fickes Trail Dedication

    The City of Newark and Fickes family will join with elected officials, first responders, neighbors and friends to honor the life of fallen firefighter Jerry Fickes and unveil the official marker for the Jerry W. Fickes trail in Rittenhouse Park. Fickes... Read on...
  8. Prestons Playground Press Release

    Hundreds of Volunteers Expected to Help Construct Preston's Playground

    Hundreds of volunteers representing several local businesses will work in partnership with City staff next week to complete construction of Preston's Playground. Beginning Monday, August 6, the volunteer workforce will assist staff of the Parks and ... Read on...
  9. City Manager Search

    City Manager Finalists Not Selected for Role

    Following a nationwide recruitment effort, Newark City Council conducted interviews for the position of City Manager over the past several weeks. Two candidates were presented to the community on Tuesday, July 24, and feedback from residents and City... Read on...
  10. cleveland avenue paving project

    Cleveland Avenue Paving Project

    DelDOT intends to begin the mill and overlay of East Cleveland Avenue between Capitol Trail and S. Chapel Street/ Paper Mill Road. The work will result in new traffic patterns throughout the roadway and will be done at night from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m... Read on...
  11. 2018 Water Quality Report News Flash

    2018 Water Quality Report

    The City of Newark quality report for 2018 is now available! You can view the report online at https://newarkde.gov/ccr. Read on...
  12. Water Main Flush

    Public Notice: 2018 Water Main Flushing

    The Public Works and Water Resources Department will begin its 2018 water main flushing program on Monday, June 4, 2018. Water main flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to ensure adequate flow and pressure is available. Additionally, flushing... Read on...
  13. Safest Cities Thumbnail

    City of Newark Ranked Among Safest Cities in Delaware

    Citing grassroots efforts and an increase in police personnel as reasons for making Delaware a safer place to live, SafeWise recently released its "10 Safest Cities in Delaware" report, listing Newark as the safest large City in the state and 4th safest Read on...
  14. CALEA NPD Post

    Newark Police Department Receives Gold Standard Accreditation

    Underscoring an ongoing commitment to serving its community, the Newark Police Department (NPD) recently received its 8th award for Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)... Read on...
  15. Jefferson Award Winners

    Volunteers Recognized at City of Newark Jefferson Awards Ceremony

    Surrounded by a crowd of friends, neighbors and local officials, several outstanding volunteers were presented with Jefferson Awards at a ceremony held at Grain Craft Bar & Kitchen on Monday, March 19. Organizations and groups engaged in ... Read on...
  16. City of Newark Logo

    City of Newark Recognized for Superior Financial Reporting for Eighth Straight Year

    The City of Newark was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This is the eighth consecutive year the award was presented to... Read on...
  17. Learn More About Stormwater Utility

    Stormwater Utility Info

    Beginning January 1, 2018, City of Newark property owners began paying a monthly stormwater utility fee. To learn more about the fee, visit the Public Works Stormwater Utility page.
  18. McKees Solar Park

    Newark's McKees Solar Park Hits Power Generation Milestone

    Since coming online in October 2014, McKees Solar Park has generated more than one million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy - enough power for nearly 111 homes for an entire year. The milestone, achieved the afternoon of Thursday, February 8, was a... Read on...
  19. A Better Newark Award Seeking Nominations

    Newark Conservation Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations for "A Better Newark" Award

    With a continued focus on recognizing residents who have taken the lead in landscape sustainability, the Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) seeks nominations for its "A Better Newark" award. Read on...
  20. Fire-extinguisher-recall

    Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

    On Nov. 2, 2017, Kidde announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers sold in the United States. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with ... Read on...
  21. Stormwater

    City of Newark Implements Stormwater Utility

    Following Council's affirmative vote to implement a city-wide stormwater utility on Monday, October 9, Newark became just the third city in Delaware to enact the progressive measure. The utility charge is expected to raise $1.4 million each year and ... Read on...
  22. Newark-Livestream

    Online Access to Newark City Council Meetings Increases

    In an effort to maintain open access to local government, the City of Newark has partnered with Livestream to increase options for viewing Council meetings online. Read on...
  23. Medic Alert Foundation

    Newark Police Department Partners with MedicAlert Foundation

    The Newark Police Department, in partnership with MedicAlert Foundation, announced the implementation of a free program aimed to protect community members with dementia and autism who are at-risk for wandering emergencies. Read on...
View All News

Contact Us

  1. Kelly-Bachman
    Kelly Bachman

    Communications Manager
    E-Mail

    Crossan_McNerney_r5254.jpg
    Megan McGuriman
    E-mail

    220 South Main St.
    Newark, DE 19711

    Ph: 302-366-7000

    Hours
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.