Milford City Council announced the appointment of Milford Public Works Director, Mark Whitfield, as the Interim City Manager effective January 1.
Mr. Whitfield has been with the City since 2016 serving as the City’s Public Works Director. Prior to coming to Milford, Mr. Whitfield served the Borough of State College, PA in five different positions over 35 years, including 18 years as Public Works Director.
He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management and holds an Associate Degree in Engineering from Penn State.
Mr. Whitfield is a long time and active member of Rotary International, volunteering as District Chairman for Youth Exchange for the Delmarva peninsula, as well as being an active member of the Milford Rotary Club. He is a board member of Rotary’s Eastern States Student Exchange, where he serves as a Country Contact for Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia. He is presently serving as President of the Delaware State Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
During his free time, Mark enjoys relaxing at the Delaware beaches in the summer, and is an avid ice hockey and football fan, following the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Steelers, and his beloved Nittany Lions.
About a City Manager
The City of Milford is governed under the Council-Manager form of government which is the most popular structure of government in the United States among municipalities with populations of 10,00 or more according to surveys by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
The council–manager form is much like a publicly traded corporation in that the elected governing body (city council) is responsible for legislative functions such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, voting appropriations, and developing an overall vision, similar to a corporate board of directors. The city council appoints a city manager to oversee the administrative operations, implement its policies, and advise it. The city manager position is similar to that of a chief executive officer, providing professional management to the board of directors. The position of mayor present in this type of legislative body is a largely ceremonial title, and is elected, similar to a chairman of the board.