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Kent County Levy Court Elected Officials & Row Officers

Kent County Levy Court is your County government. The Levy Court is composed of seven elected Commissioners, six of whom are elected from the districts in which they reside and the seventh is elected at-large to represent the entire County. The Levy Court is the highest executive power that exists in Kent County, Delaware. It is charged with overseeing the daily operations of Kent County government. The Levy Court was established in 1655 when the Delaware General Assembly. The Levy Court is committed to serving the public and ensuring that the best possible decisions are made for the enhancement of Kent County residents.

Levy Court Elected Officials:

Name Title District Term Expires
Hon. Joanne Masten Commissioner 1 January 05, 2025
Hon. Jeffrey W. Hall Commissioner 2 January 03, 2027
Hon. Robert J. Scott Commissioner 4 January 03, 2027
Hon. Paul Hertz Commissioner 6 January 03, 2027
Hon. Allan F. Angel Commissioner - Vice President 3 January 05, 2025
Hon. George Jody Sweeney Commissioner 5 January 05, 2025
Hon. Terry L. Pepper Commissioner - President At-Large January 03, 2027


Honorable Joanne Masten


First District Commissioner

Planning Services Committee Chair

(302) 270-1747


Mission Statement

"To initiate or support those programs that will enhance and enrich the quality of life for residents of Kent County.  To monitor on a regular basis our infrastructure programs; ensure that development proceeds at a rate that does not exceed the necessary services required for an acceptable quality of life.  Continually support our police, fire, ambulance, paramedic and 911 services."


Commissioner Joanne Masten, Democratic representative for the 1st Levy Court District is serving her first four-year term.

Commissioner Masten is a lifelong resident of Kent County for 72 years.  Retired in 2010 after working in the corporate world for 41 years, she served on Smyrna Town Council for 2 years, and served two terms as Mayor of the Town of Smyrna.  She is currently active on many boards.

Honorable Jeffrey W. Hall


Second District Commissioner

Finance Committee Chair

(302) 632 - 0757


Mission Statement:

To be accessible and serve the residents of Kent County with honesty and integrity; to provide essential services efficiently and effectively; and to be accountable to the citizens of our county.


Commissioner Jeffrey W. Hall is serving in his second term as the representative for the 2nd Levy Court District. 

Jeffrey W. Hall is a Kent County native who grew up near Camden, DE and graduated from Caesar Rodney High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served 31 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.  He earned the US Department of Homeland Security certifications in general and IT project management and served several tours afloat, overseas, and isolated duty including Officer in Charge of LORAN-C Station Dana, Indiana.  He was recently awarded University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration's Certificate in Local Government Leadership in 2021.  He serves as the Department Chair for Engineering Technologies at Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus.  He is a member of Holy Cross Church and Camden-Wyoming Rotary Club.

Honorable Allan F. Angel - Vice President


Third District Commissioner

Administration Committee Chair

(302) 382 - 6735


Mission Statement:

To enhance communication as the Commissioner of the Third Levy Court District to its' constituents; and to the best of my ability, live up to the oath of office I was sworn to uphold. To look outside the box for innovative ideas and issues that will move Kent County into the future! To "Promote long range planning to ensure a better Quality of Life for all Kent County citizens." While providing the 3rd Levy Court District with a Voice in it's Government; and the dedication and respect of all Kent County residents and their issues.


Commissioner Allan F. Angel, the Democratic representative for the 3rd Levy Court District, is currently serving his fourth consecutive four-year term.

Commissioner Angel moved to Delaware in 1965 as part of an Air Force family from California. He graduated from Dover High School in 1971.

 Education: Delaware State College; Baylor University Army Campus; University of Maryland Army Campus; J Sargent Reynolds Community College A.A.S.;       Delaware Technical & Community College

Family: Wife: Peggy; Daughters: Christina, Kelly and Jennifer

Military: United States Army 73-76; Army Reserves 78-82
Academy of Health Sciences

Church: Holy Cross

 Organizations (Past and Present): President, Dover High School Alumni; PTO President, Dover High School; President, Capital School Board; Chair, 32nd   Democrat District; American Legion member; DAV member; D.A.R.E. Volunteer; Volunteer: Booster clubs for: football, soccer, wrestling, cheerleading, and   band.

Honorable Robert J. Scott

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Fourth District Commissioner

Public Safety Committee Chair

(302) 505-0198


Mission Statement:

To be responsive, honest, and fair to the constituents of Kent County.  As a member of the Levy Court, I will work tirelessly to protect and improve the quality of life for Kent County residents.  My decisions that affect Kent County's future will be based on facts.  I will always respect and appreciate every constituent and employee of Kent County so that they know they are a member of a team effort, and I will support Police, Fire, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and EMS for Kent County to ensure you and your family receive the Public Safety service you deserve.


Commissioner Robert J. Scott, 4th Levy Court District Representative is serving his first term. A lifelong resident of Kent County for 53 years, Commissioner Scott has lived in Magnolia, Woodside, and is currently in Harrington residence since 1992. He married Christina Scott in 1993 and is a proud father of four; Kristin, Robert, Danielle, and Erika, and grandfather of three; Ronnie, Jaden, and Isabella.

Honorable George "Jody" Sweeney 

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Fifth District Commissioner

Community Services Committee Chair

(302) 943 - 7328


Mission Statement:

"To provide fair and honest representation to the residents of the 5th Levy Court District, listening to all sides of issues and striving to find the best solutions to problems facing our District and County for the health, safety, and continued prosperity of our residents."


Commissioner George "Jody" Sweeney, the Democratic representative for the 5th Levy Court District, is currently serving in his fourth four-year term.

Family : Married to wife Crystal, Father of four (Bill, Amy, Cameron, and Skyler) and grandfather of four (Cole, Blake, Cannon and Caleb).

Education : Caesar Rodney High School; A.A.S. in Data Processing from Del-Tech Community College; B.S. in Business Administration from Wilmington University.

Employment : 40 years of experience in Information Technology, currently the Supervisor of Technology for Smyrna School District.

Current and Past Community Involvement: Wyoming United Methodist Church, VCF Ruritan, Camden-Wyoming and Felton Little League coaching, Central Delaware Soccer Association coaching, Polytech High School Soccer Coach, Polytech Craft Advisory Board, Delaware Technical Community College Computer Advisory Board, Kent County Democratic Committee Treasurer, State Democrat Party Executive Committee, Member of Citizens for a Better Kent County, Caesar Rodney Alumni Association.

Honorable Paul Hertz

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Sixth District Commissioner

Public Works Committee Chair

(302) 505-2310


Mission Statement:

To work together with others, with the common goal of making Kent County the best it can be.


Commissioner Paul Hertz, 6th Levy Court District Representative is serving his first term.

Commissioner Hertz is a native Kent Countian and 1983 graduate of the Caesar Rodney School District.  He served four years as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Marine Corps.  Shortly after, he entered the construction field, advancing to his current position of Superintendent.

Commissioner Hertz has a son Kyle and is grandfather to Landon and Stella.

Honorable Terry L. Pepper - President

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Commissioner At-Large

(302) 697-9194


Mission Statement:

To work with the other six commissioners to make the best decisions for Kent County's future, to be responsive and honest with all constituents and help make Kent County a place that we can all be proud to call home.


Commissioner Terry L. Pepper, the Democratic At-Large representative for Kent County Levy Court, is currently serving in his fifth four-year term. Commissioner Pepper's first term was served from 1994 to 1998. Commissioner Pepper is a life-long Delawarean who has lived in Kent County over 50 years. He was raised on a farm in the Hartly area and has lived in the Magnolia area for over 40 years.

Family: Terry is married to Valarie Coyle Pepper and has two grown daughters, Lauren (husband Brian Cusick) and Heather. He has five granddaughters; Mackenzie, Brooklyn, Brielle & Harper Lee Cusick; Quinn Pepper-Imhof; and a grandson Colton Pepper-Imhof.

Education: Graduated from Dover High School; associate degree in criminal justice, Delaware Technical and Community College; B.S. Degree in Marketing/ Business Administration, Delaware State University; Graduate of the Delaware State Police Academy.

Employment: Retired Delaware State Trooper; Executive Director of Delaware Crime Stoppers; Policy Advisor/Liaison to Local Governments for Governor Minner's Administration; Policy Advisor to Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security; currently State of Delaware Homeland Security Advisor.

Community Involvement: Member of Holy Cross Church; Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company; Kent Conservation District Board of Supervisors; National Association of Conservation Districts Board Member; Delaware State Troopers Association; Association of Retired Delaware State Troopers; Former member Hartly Volunteer Fire Company; Former Caesar Rodney High School Band Booster and PTO; Member of Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues

Row Officers:

Name Title District Term Expires
Hon. Harold K. Brode Register of Wills January 05, 2025
Hon. Brenda A. Wootten Clerk of the Peace January 05, 2025
Hon. Eugenia Thornton Recorder of Deeds January 03, 2027
Hon. Norman R. Barlow Sheriff January 03, 2027


Honorable Harold K. Brode


Register of Wills

(302) 744 - 2330

Mission Statement:

"To ensure that all citizens of Kent County receive the services that they are paying for, to continually remain responsive to their present and future needs and always strive for a better quality of life for all."


A Lifetime of Service & Leadership! With dedication and strong values; personal and professional commitment to the stability, safety and security of our families and communities.

Kent County Levy Court Commissioner - 6th District, 2007 - 2010; Husband, Father & Grandfather; Resident of Harrington for 50 years.

Delaware State Fair, Board of Directors; Harrington Fire Company (48 Years); Past Board of Directors; Past President; Past Chief; Past Ambulance Captain; Delaware State Police, 20 year veteran (retired 1989); Harrington City Council, 1979-81; Delaware Army National Guard, 1965-1971; Member of Harrington Moose Lodge; Member of Masonic Temple Lodge #9; Member, Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington 

Hon. Brenda Wootten


Clerk of the Peace

(302) 744-2346 

The Clerk of the Peace witnesses County documents; attends all formal Levy Court Meetings; records all acts as custodian for the Minutes of the Levy Court Meetings; advertises and posts County ordinances; countersigns warrants drawn on County funds. Issues marriage licenses; and performs marriage ceremonies.


Brenda A. Wootten is the current Clerk of the Peace for Kent County. Brenda has been a Kent County Delaware native all of her life.  She attended Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware and started employment with the Justice of the Peace Courts in 1981.  She left the Justice of the Peace Court in 1990 to further her education.  Brenda graduated with honors from Wesley College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

After college, Brenda worked as a Secretary for the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill from September 1999 until July of 2001.  From August 2001 until December 31, 2016 Brenda worked as a Judicial Case Manager II for the Court of Chancery.   Brenda had over 27 years of exceptional public service experience with both the Judicial and Executive branches of state government before retiring from the State of Delaware to run for this office in 2016.

In the community, Brenda is an active member of her church, and is involved in various civic clubs and charitable organizations where she has given back to her community through volunteering her time, monetary donations, and countless acts of kindness.

After being elected as Kent County’s Clerk of the Peace, Brenda became the newest president of the DACRO (Delaware Association of County Row Offices) organization, a position she still currently holds. 

Since becoming the Clerk of the Peace, Brenda has done a total makeover of her ceremony room and strives to give each couple that gets married a most memorable marriage experience. 

“I love serving the great citizens of my County and am so honored to be elected into this position.”

Honorable Eugenia Thornton 

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Recorder of Deeds

(302) 744-2321 

Vision Statement:

Use property records industry standards and best practices to make property transactions faster, safer, and more convenient for everyone.


Sworn in as Recorder of Deeds on January 3, 2023, Honorable Eugenia Thornton brings, literally, a world of experience to the job. Gene served 27 years as a personnel and public affairs officer in the US Army.  As a personnel officer, supervised many staffs with responsibility for creating and maintaining public records and, when in her role as Public Affairs Officer, she released and explained records to the American public.  Gene retired as a colonel and returned to Delaware in 2000 where she became the President of Kent County Heart Association and later the Southern Delaware Heart Association.  Gene helped create and approve property records for 13 years as one of seven Kent County Planning Commissioners.  Then, she joined the Friends of the Delaware Public Archives Board where property records are retired.  Gene is certified by American University in Public Records Keeping and is working on certification by the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators.  She belongs to the Property Records Industry Association and has a master’s degree in Public Administration.  Gene was married to Lieutenant Colonel Donovan Jagger for 42 years until his death in 2020.  She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and competing with her dog, Dolly, in many AKC activities.

Honorable Norman R. Barlow

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Sheriff of Kent County

(302) 736-2161

Mission Statement:

It shall be the mission of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office to provide proficient professional services with a commitment to partnering with the State of Delaware and U.S District Courts through serving legal notices when prompted to do so by court order. This will be done in strict compliance and in accordance with the  Delaware Code through Honest, Ethical and Professional Services to the Community it Serves. The Sheriff’s Office is devoted to our profession and strive to maintain the highest level of public trust while developing our organization to meet the present and future needs of our diverse community.


Sheriff Norman R. Barlow began working for the City of Harrington in 1991 with the Public Works Department. In October of 1992 he was appointed as the Public Works Supervisor. A Year later he was offered a position with the Harrington Police.

Department and started the Delaware State Police Academy on November 15th, 1993, graduating in March of 1994. During his career with the Harrington Police Department, Norman worked his way through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police on July 1st 2009. Norman was named Police Officer of the Year four times during his career and has also received many other awards which include the Lifetime MADD Award and the Harrington Police Department DUI Award. The Chief Norman Barlow Pavilion was named in his honor in 2013 due to his successful efforts in combating drug crimes in the City of Harrington. In 2014 Norman was honored with the Municipal Police Chief of the Year Award by the Delaware League of Local Governments.

Norman retired as Chief of Police on December 31, 2021, and is currently serving as the City of Harrington’s City Manager. He is very community minded and focused on making Harrington a great place to live, work, and worship. Norman is the definition of “Service Over Self” and truly makes the City of Harrington a better place for its citizens and employees.

Norman currently resides in the Harrington area. He is married to Dana, and they have three daughters, Brooke, Rylee, and Delayna. Norman always says that without the love and support of his family he would not be able to do what he does here at the City of Harrington and for the residents of Kent County.

Norman’s hobbies include NASCAR racing, working in his yard, and camping with his family and friends.



Ken Decker, County Administrator

Phone: 302-744-2305

Kent County Levy Court Administration consists of the County Administrator's Office, Economic Development Office, Information Technology Office, Personnel Office, and Facilities Managment Division. These offices support the seven elected Levy Court Commissioners as well as other County departments and elected County offices by administering all County functions relating to employees and infrastructure.

The Administration is headed by the County Administrator who is the chief appointed officer of the County. His duties include advising Levy Court Commissioners on issues affecting Kent County and managing the day to day operations of county government. The County Administrator supervises all appointed department managers, provides direct oversight for the Information Technology, Economic Development, and Personnel offices, and coordinates the activities of all departments on behalf of Levy Court.

The Department of Administration provides for the security and general maintenance of all County buildings.

Kent County Codes & Policies


For Media Contacts

For Media Inquires call: 302-744-2304

How to Request Kent County Government Records

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), is a law that gives a person the right to access information from governmental agencies. FOIA provides that any person has the right to obtain access to federal agency records, except for those which are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

To request a FOIA from Kent County Levy Court, complete the Request for Public Records form provided on our website and either mail it to: Kent County Levy Court, Attn: Kelly Pitts, Public Information Officer, 555 Bay Road, Dover, Delaware 19901 or fax it to 302-736-2279. Additionally, FOIA request can be emailed to:

Please be sure to check the rest of the website for readily available information before placing your request. 

 FIOA Request Form(PDF, 881KB)  

Clerk of Peace Office (Marriages & Civil Unions)

Phone: 302-744-2346

The Clerk of the Peace witnesses County documents; attends all formal Levy Court Meetings; records all acts as custodian for the Minutes of the Levy Court Meetings; advertises and posts County ordinances; countersigns warrants drawn on County funds. Issues marriage licenses; and performs marriage ceremonies.

(** Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00am - 4:15pm M-F)


Applying for a Marriage License 

Both parties must appear together Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

A translator is required if one of the parties does not speak English.  The translator must have proper identification and must be at least 18 years of age.

Residency/Waiting - Residents and non-residents must apply for a license 24 hours prior to the time of the ceremony.

• Validity - The Delaware license is only valid for 30 days from date of issue.  The ceremony must be in the State of Delaware.

A valid DMV issued ID/Driver’s license, Passport, Military ID (Active Military Duty) is required.  ID must include date of birth.  Proof of address is required.  To verify the authenticity of an applicant’s identification, the office of the Clerk of the Peace may also require additional documentation such as a birth certificate or social security card.

The current name on your valid identification will be the name used for your marriage license. You will be asked to provide your parent’s birth names, place of residency and birth so please have this information prior to applying.

• Divorced/Annulled/Widowed - All parties must produce an original or certified final decree of divorce/annulment or a certified death certificate. These will be returned at application.  A certified translation must be presented with original or certified documents that are not in English.  You will need to know the dates of your previous marriage and where it took place.  If an applicant has been divorced or dissolved a legal partnership and taken back their former name, they must bring the original or certified copy of the name change court documents. No photocopies accepted.

• On Probation or Parole? An original letter of permission from the Probation Officer is required before a license will be issued.

• Minors - All applicants must be 18 years of age. Minors must petition Family Court for authorization to marry.

• License Fee - The cost of a Delaware Marriage License is $70 for residents/$120 non-residents (Cash Only). Additional fee for ceremonies performed by the Clerk of the Peace office is outlined below:

Ceremony Fees for In State Residents       

M-F After Hours            $75                                                   

Saturday                       $100                                       

Out of Office                  $100                                       


Ceremony Fees for non-Delaware Residents

M-F After Hours            $125                                                         

Saturday                       $150                                                

Out of Office                  $200                     


*Couples getting married in Kent County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. 

Please allow 15-20 minutes for the marriage application process.

Apply for Marriage License Online

Order Certified Copies Online

Clerk of the Peace Fees Schedule Effective 4/24/2024(PDF, 77KB)

Dept. of Finance, Taxes & Assessments

Department of Finance

(302) 744-2386Fax: (302) 736-2270

The Department of Finance keeps the financial records for all County funds, prepares reports and financial statements, manages County investments, and administers assessment functions relating to real property and improvements.


Applications for the Community Service Grant are no longer being accepted at this time. Grant applications will become available beginning January 2025!

Subscribe for Grant Updates and other Kent County happenings!


Current Budget (7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024)(PDF, 5MB)

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report - Year Ending 06/30/2023.(PDF, 4MB)


For sewer billing questions call 302-744-2391


Tax Office

(302) 744-2341


Tax Rates Chart 2023-2024(PDF, 95KB)


Pay Your Tax or Sewer Bill Online!

Mobile Home Certification Letter [Application and Instructions](PDF, 290KB)


The Tax Office is responsible for the collections and distribution of County, school, library and ditch taxes, trash, streetlights and sewer fees. The office issues mobile home certification letters, administers the State of Delaware Senior Tax Credit Program for Kent County, and provides assistance to the community's legal representatives and title searchers.



Assessment Office

(302) 744-2401Fax: (302) 736-2271


The Assessment Office's primary responsibility is to assess all taxable parcels of real estate in Kent County.

Assessment Quick Links 
State of Delaware Programs



Dept of Planning & Building Permits

Phone: 302-744-2451

Kent County Online Mapping

Kent County Permit Application

Listed below are the types of permits required in the jurisdiction of Kent County.  Please contact our office, if your project is not listed below.

Accessory Structures 

  • Sheds- Pre-Built & Site Built greater than 300 square feet (permit required for any size shed when located in Flood Plain)
  • Gazebos & pergolas greater than 300 square feet (unless built on a deck)
  • Playhouses greater than 300 square feet
  • Detached Structures (Garages & Pole Buildings)
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Greenhouses
  • Pools - (Above Ground & Inground), Hot Tubs, & Spas
  • Dog Kennels
  • Hot tubs
  • Solar Panels Installations - Ground & Structure mounted
  • Retaining Walls over four (4) feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall

Additions & Renovations

  • Additions
  • Decks larger than 16 square feet
  • Gas Fireplaces, Inserts, Coal, and Pellet Stoves
  • Roofing (when replacing more than 25% of the roof sheathing)
  • Solar Shingles
  • Structural & Interior Renovations
  • Finished Bonus Room
  • Finished Basements
  • Elevated Patios


  • Commercial structures
  • Business Certificate of Occupancies
  • Commercial Fit-outs
  • Temporary Activities

Manufactured Homes

  • Placements
  • Replacements
  • Removals
  • Retirements

Single Family Dwellings 


  • Greater than seven (7) feet in height unless having to meet pool barrier requirements, State of Delaware requirements for daycares, or required by Kent County Planning Services Department as part of an approved Subdivision. (ANY fence height must abide by Planning & Zoning setbacks)


  • Demolition of structures (needed to remove existing structures from the tax rolls) 


Manufactured Housing Information

he mission of the Manufactured Housing Program is to meet the needs of the citizens of Kent County by providing services relating to manufactured housing. The program also carries out demolitions of unsafe, unsightly manufactured homes and in doing so; helps to beautify the landscape of the County.

Community Development Block Grant

Kent County Building Contractor Application(PDF, 423KB)

Waiting List Referral Form(PDF, 268KB)


Dept. of Planning Inspections & Enforcement

Phone: 302-744-2445

Kent County Property Complaints

The mission of the Inspections and Enforcement Division is to ensure the quality of life for the citizens of Kent County through the enforcement of all County and State mandated codes to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.


Dept. of Public Works


The Department of Public Works is responsible for Wastewater Management, Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste, and Streetlight services for greater Kent County. 

For sewer emergencies call 302-363-4537, 24/7. 

For trash issues, to report a faulty streetlight, or streetlight outage call 302-744-2430.

For sewer billing questions call 302-744-2391.


2024 Holiday Trash Schedule(PDF, 147KB) 

Trash Guidelines(PDF, 964KB)


Dept. of Public Safety

Phone: 302-735-2200

The Department of Public Safety consists of the Division of Emergency Communications, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Fire/EMS Non-Emergency: (302) 734-6040 

Delaware State Police Non-Emergency: (302) 739-4863

To arrange EMS coverage or request a Patient Care Chart: (302) 735-2180

For Emergency Management or other public safety inquiries: (302) 735-2200


Information Technology Office

Phone : 302-744-2365

Kent County Information Technology Office provides Kent County Government, the business community and citizens with technology strategy that is secure and in tune with the growth and demand places upon placed upon the county. This includes reliable communications and computer infrastructure foundation on which to conduct business, provide convenient access to appropriate information, be current with emerging information technologies, and deliver quality response and technological solutions. 

For the Kent County Levy Court Authorized Policy for Computer Systems and communications, see provisions of the Kent County Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy found at: 

Kent County Levy Court Policy Manual

Document Type: Acceptable Use

Policy Type: County Computers and devices, telephone and Social Media Use Policy

Title 10; Policy 4 County Facilities & Equipment (PDF, 3MB)

Part III; Kent County Code 4:9 - 4.13.1(PDF, 3MB)
County Code Effective 08-01-03; Expiration None

Approved By: Kent County Levy Court Commissioners

Kent County Parks & Recreation


1683 New Burton Road, Dover, DE 19904

Kent County Parks and Recreation is a division of the Community Services Department of Kent County Levy Court.

Register Online for Activities and Programs

How to use the Kent County Recreation Center


A valid "Drop-In Punch Card" is required to participate in any Drop-In program at the Kent County Recreation Center. Punch Cards can be purchased at the Rec Center office Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM using CASH, or CREDIT CARD. Cards may also be purchased after 5 PM weekdays, and on weekends, with the following restrictions: Limit of 2 per purchasers, CASH ONLY transaction (no bills greater than $20 will be accepted). Cards are $20 each and are good for 10 individual sessions of any drop-in program. A registration form must be filled out with EACH purchase.


Community recreation programming is available for pre-registration on a daily basis. These programs are advertised in the quarterly brochure sent out by Kent County Levy Court. Pre-registration can be made in the office Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM using cash, check, or credit card. Please register online through CivicRec.

Kent County Parks Map(PDF, 1MB)


Kent County Public Library

Phone: 302-744-1919

497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901

Kent County Public Library's hours of operation are weekdays, 9 am-8 pm, and weekends 1 pm-5 pm.


Events at the Library

Delaware Libraries Calendar of Events  

Kent County Public Library January 2024 Calendar of Events(PDF, 202KB)


Check our Facebook page for more information! 

Register for Library Programs


 Kent County Public Library is thrilled to offer our users several online services:

  • HelpNow is on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. Features include Homework Help, Skills-Building, Personalized eLearning Tools, 24-Hour Writing Lab, Homework Send Question, Adult Learning Center, and Foreign Language Lab. All services offered in English are also available in Spanish.

  • JobNow provides live online job coaching every day from 2-11 pm EST. Receive live job coaching, real-time interview practice, full-service resume lab, and 24/7 access to local job resources. Other features include resume assistance, skills-building, and Spanish-speaking support.

  • VetNow connects users with an expert to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources. Interact with a live, real-time Veteran Navigator for job coaching, resume assistance, tutoring and testing support, career resources, skills-building and Spanish-speaking support.

  • Mango Languages:  Use your Kent County Library Card barcode number + PIN to get started learning a foreign language -- FREE!


Delaware Libraries Online Catalog Search

Recorder of Deeds


The mission of the recorder of Deeds is to serve the people of Kent County by promptly and correctly recording and indexing property documents, courteously responding to requests for information, and collecting and accounting for appropriate fees and taxes. The Recorder of Deeds uses property records industry best practices to make property transactions faster, safer, and more convenient for everyone.


Kent County Deeds Records Search

Property Transaction Alerts


Deeds (forms download)(ZIP, 3MB)

Recorder of Deeds Fees Schedule Effective 6/1/2024(PDF, 139KB)

Register of Wills

Phone: 302-744-2330

The Register of Wills Office records wills after death and other documents pertaining to estate matters in Kent County, Delaware. The Office is responsible for overseeing the appointments of personal representatives and for administering estate proceedings. This office is also held accountable for making sure that the estate is in compliance with the Delaware law and Kent County policies. All estate matters are maintained as permanent records.

What to do when a loved one passes away? (brochure)(PDF, 271KB)



Appointments are necessary to open an estate, and to close the estate. You may call (302) 744-2330 to schedule an appointment.


For Estate openings - you will need to bring with you:

  • Original Will; if one exists
  • Original Death Certificate
  • List of assets solely owned by decedent with estimated values as of date of death.
  • estimated value of Real Estate solely owned by decedent as of date of death.
  • list of decedent's next of kin stating their full name, relationship and address including zip code.



Customer Information Sheet(PDF, 192KB) - This is a form all attorneys are required to file with FileandservExpress when they submit paperwork to open and estate.  It is only used by attorneys at this time.
Will Search Affidavit(PDF, 132KB)A written statement swearing that the personal representative has conducted a thorough search to locate an original will.
Petition(PDF, 337KB) - A written request to be appointed to act as the personal representative (executor/administrator) for an estate.
Renunciation(PDF, 131KB) - Used to renounce (give up) your right to act as personal representative for an estate (this does not give up a right to any inheritance). 
  • In order to give up a right to an inheritance, a Disclaimer must be filed with the Recorder of Deeds and subsequently filed with our office. Our office does not have a form for this document.  We recommend hiring an attorney to prepare the Disclaimer. 
Extension Request(PDF, 73KB) - Used to request an extension to file the Inventory and/or Accounting. 
Register of Will Fees Schedule Effective 5/30/2024(PDF, 42KB)


Sheriff's Office

Phone: 302-736-2161

The function of the Sheriff's Office is to service the Citizens of Kent County by performing many functions for the State of Delaware Courts (Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, U.S. District Court and the Court of Chancery). The Sheriff's Office serves legal notices to include (subpoenas, levies, summons, etc.) Additionally, the Sheriff's Office auctions real estate in accordance with the Delaware Code.


Sheriff Sales

All sales are held in the Kent County Levy Court Chamber - Room 203.

Sheriff Sales Procedures(PDF, 913KB)

Sheriff Fees Schedule(PDF, 72KB)  | *Sheriff Fees Schedule Effective 7/1/2024(PDF, 152KB)

The Commission rate for Sheriff Sales is 4% with a minimum cap of $500 and a maximum cap of $10,000.


Sheriff Sales Listings

Foreclosure Sales

The next foreclosure sale is on June 6th, 2024 at 10 am at the Kent County Levy Court Chambers. 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Delaware, 19901.

Monition Sales

The next monition sale is scheduled for July 30, 2024 at 10 am at the Kent County Levy Court Chambers. 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Delaware, 19901. 


Other Services

Project Rightful Owner Unclaimed Sheriff's Sale Excess Proceeds





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