Seaford promotes 19-year employee to Director of Economic Development & Community Relations

SEAFORD – The city of Seaford mayor and council Tuesday evening voted to promote Economic Development and Information Technology Manager Trisha Newcomer to the position of Director of Economic Development & Community Relations, effective July 1.

Trisha Newcomer

Ms. Newcomer, a 19-year employee, was hired by the city as a dispatcher in the 911 Center at the Seaford Police Department in 1998.

Throughout her career she has held different positions: Executive Secretary, serving as the city’s first Certified Municipal Clerk and most recently the Economic Development and Information Technology Manager, which she was promoted to in January 2007.

During her tenure with the city of Seaford she has served in numerous capacities working with state and county economic development departments, Office of State Planning, developers and the local business community. She has represented the city on many committees such a Seaford Tomorrow, Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee and Community Involvement Committee; most notable she served as chair of the Nanticoke Riverfest Committee for 10-years.

“This new position aligns directly with the goals of mayor and council to create a culture that has all employees part of our economic development team,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw. “Trisha has proven herself to have a solid grasp of our codes and regulations which is critical when talking with new businesses. She also has taken lead on developing and promoting current incentives available. I look forward to Trisha taking us to the next level driving positive change to all aspects of the city of Seaford that involve interactions with our customers.”

“Over the past years, Trisha has proven herself to have the ability, experience, education and training necessary to manage all aspects of the economic development and information technology job assignment,” said Seaford City Manager Charles Anderson. “Her promotion will add value to the City Leadership team to better serve and communicate with our residents, businesses, and industrial customers.”

When asked about her promotion, Trisha stated “I’m honored to have this opportunity and humbled by the confidence the mayor, council and city manager have in my ability,” said Ms. Newcomer. “I take great pride working for and giving back to the community in which I was raised. I have seen many of Seaford’s ups and downs in my lifetime, but I know this for a fact – Seaford has a lot to offer!  It is my privilege to be part of the Seaford Leadership team and I will strive every day to promote and highlight why Seaford is the Perfect Place to Start.”

Trisha’s commitment to the community goes beyond her day-to-day work responsibilities. She currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of Soroptimist International of Seaford, Vice-President of the Sussex County Health Coalition and is an active member of the Seaford Nine Hole Ladies Golf Association, Seaford Lioness and a Melody Joy Foundation Board Member.

A graduate of Seaford High School and Wilmington University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Ms. Newcomer resides in Laurel with her husband Keith. They enjoy spending time together playing golf, camping and being outdoors.

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