County Council

County Council is the legislative branch of New Castle County government. The council body includes 13 council members elected from each of 12 districts and the council president, who is elected at-large. The County Council studies issues that affect the operation of the government and the citizens it represents. Council writes and passes laws and resolutions that improve the operation and protect the health and welfare of the citizens of New Castle County. Council members serve staggered four-year terms.

Brandon Toole, District 1George Smiley, District 7
Dee Durham, District 2John Cartier, District 8
Janet Kilpatrick, District 3Timothy Sheldon, District 9
Penrose Hollins, District 4Jea P. Street, District 10
Valerie George, District 5David Tackett, District 11
David Carter, District 6Bill Bell, District 12


  • New Castle County Council holds regular public meetings as indicated on meeting notices and agendas that are timely published by County Council prior to all meetings. As further indicated on the notices and related agendas, the meetings allow for personal and virtual attendance by the public. The link to join the meeting virtually via computer, smart device, or smart phone is:

  • Meeting materials, including a meeting agenda, legislation to be addressed during the meeting, and other materials related to the meeting are electronically accessible at
  • Members of the public joining the meeting may be provided an opportunity to make comments in real time.  A comment period will be administered by a moderator to ensure everyone may have an opportunity to comment.  If permitted to comment, you will not be able to speak until called upon by the moderator.   For those appearing virtually, there are functions in the program that allow you to do this.  Please see the link in the previous paragraph.
  • County Council’s legal ad can now be found in the Sunday edition of The News Journal with the discontinuation of The News Journal’s Saturday service