Meet Bill Powers

A second-generation delawarean who is just as committed to continuing his

family’s long history of public service as he is to his family’s farm.


Bill's family moved to Delaware when he was 10 years old. They lived in New Castle County, in the community of Arundel off of Limestone Road until they bought the farm in Townsend where he still lives today. As a senior at Newark High School, he rented the farm's land from his parents. Unfortunately, his father passed away at the young age of 52. Bill purchased the farm from his mother in 1987. A few months later he met his wife, Joan, and they were married in 1989. They have two children, Katie and Will. Katie and her husband, both Oklahoma State University alumni, live in Oklahoma. Will works full-time on the farm with Bill. He is engaged to his fiancée, Ariel. 

Bill worked on the assembly line for Chrysler from 1978-2006, retiring when the Newark plant closed its doors. All the while, farming, raising and selling beef, hogs, sheep, goats, turkeys and chickens. He and Will raise all of their own hay and corn to feed the livestock. In 2004, Bill and Joan were excited to put the farm in the county's Farmland Preservation Program, therefore the land may never be developed.

Always an advocate for land owner's rights, Bill was encouraged to run for county council in 2006 and has been in office ever since.

Bill currently serves as a member of the Delaware Sheep and Wool Producers and the New Castle County Farm Bureau. He is a past member of the Delaware Beef Advisory Council. He is also actively involved with the activities of the FFA and 4-H.

He is currently the chairman of the New Castle County Farm Preservation Advisory Board and a past member of the Delaware Open Space Council, the Delaware Citizen's Task Force for Water Quality, and the Committee for National Parks in Delaware.

Elected to his first term of office as a New Castle County councilman in November of 2006, Bill presently is the co-chair of the council's Special Services Committee. He is also a member of the Community Services, Finance / Administration, Public Safety, Land Use, Economic Development, and Executive committees.

Bill's top priority is to improve the land use process to assure that both the citizens of today and of the future will be able to live and work in a high quality and livable environment.

New Castle County Coucilman Bill Powers working his farm near Townsend, Delaware in 2008.jpg