The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Governor Jack Markell has appointed Mr. Gerard (Jerry) L. Esposito the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Esposito joined the DSWA Board of Directors in 2008 and he also currently serves as President of Tidewater Utilities, Inc. He began his career in 1976 as an Environmental Planner with the Coastal Sussex Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Program. In 1978, he joined the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control where he held positions of increasing responsibility advancing to Deputy Director and then the Director of Delaware’s Division of Water Resources, assuming administrative responsibility over all of the State’s water pollution, water supply, water quality, wetlands, and environmental laboratory programs. Mr. Esposito joined Tidewater Utilities, Inc. in 1998 as Executive Vice President, and was elected President in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with High Honors from Rutgers University in Environmental Science and his Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Resource Economics. Mr. Esposito’s community and civic involvement includes serving as Board member of 12 other non-profit and governmental organizations, including the Port of Wilmington’s Diamond State Port Corporation, Better Business Bureau of Delaware, and Junior Achievement Delaware. This new appointment comes after former Chairman of the Board; Richard Pryor retired after 25 years of service to the Board of Directors, with 21 of those years spent as the Chairman.
Along with Mr. Esposito’s appointment to Chairman, the Board is happy to announce that Mr. Norman D. Griffiths has been nominated and accepted the open position on the Board of Directors. Mr. Griffiths has been an attorney in the Legal Department of DuPont since 1983. He now works for Chemours Legal. Mr. Griffiths received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and his juris doctorate degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 1983. He was elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1992 and served the residents of the Second Council District until 2008. He was elected President of the Wilmington City Council in 2008 and retired from City Council in 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Technical and Community College and a member of the Board of Directors of Westside Family Healthcare, Inc. He has served on several other boards in the past including the Delaware Community Foundation, WEDCO and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is happy to welcome Mr. Griffiths to its Board of Directors and looks forward to working with him.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven Delaware residents representing The City of Wilmington and the three counties. With the exception of its Chairman, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor, the Board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for three-year terms. Being a Board Member takes a strong commitment given that they serve as a working group, attending meetings, public hearings, workshops, and much more. The Board of Directors sets policies and makes decisions regarding current operations, programs, and planning.