Tree trimming is scheduled to start at the end of January 2022.


The Lewes Board of Public Works was authorized by an act of the General Assembly on March 15, 1901 to establish, control and regulate an electric light plant, water works, and a sewer system for the City of Lewes. The General Manager of the Board of Public Works is appointed by the Board’s elected officials to administer all of the administrative affairs of the Board.

Board of Public Works

Austin Bennett Calaman General Manager Lewes BPW

Austin Calaman is the General Manager of the Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW). He manages all facets of the Lewes BPW including the electric, water, wastewater and stormwater systems, as well as all interfaces with local, state and federal officials. He was selected for…Read more

Board of Public Works Officials

Preston Lee
D. Preston Lee, P.E. President Lewes BPW Board

Pres Lee was elected to the Board of Public Works (BPW) in May of 2011.  He was elected as President May 23, 2018 and had  served as the Vice President of BPW since May of 2011. He also serves as the BPW’s representative on the…Read more

Tom Owen
A. Thomas Owen Vice President Lewes BPW Board

A. Thomas Owen was first elected to the Board of Public Works (BPW) in 2013. Owen’s career in insurance underwriting began in New York City where he worked as an insurance underwriter at Chubb Group following his service in the US Army where he achieved…Read more

Tom Panetta
Tom Panetta Secretary Lewes BPW Board

Tom Panetta was elected to the Board of Public Works (BPW) in April 2018. Tom also serves as BPW representative to the City of Lewes Mitigation Planning Team and as the Division Chair for Electric. In addition to his position on the BPW, he has…Read more

Earl Webb
Earl Webb, III Treasurer Lewes BPW Board

Earl Webb III was appointed to the Board of Public Works (BPW) in August 2020. Earl Webb III was born and raised in Delaware.  His family roots trace back six generations in the First State.  During Earl’s 38 years in corporate life, he held positions…Read more

Richard Nichols
Richard Nichols Assistant Treasurer Lewes BPW Board

Richard Nichols was elected to the Board in May 2021. Richard and his wife were both born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. After high school, he went to Columbia University and earned a masters degree in Architecture and a masters degree in Architectural Technology. Not…Read more

Michael J. Hoffman
Michael J. Hoffman Attorney Lewes BPW

Mike practices primarily in the areas of land use and land development. Having represented several Delaware municipalities on a wide range of issues, including land use matters, Mike has a keen understanding of the administrative process and a proven ability to manage sophisticated and sensitive…Read more

Theodore W. Becker
Theodore W. Becker Mayor City of Lewes

Mr. Becker has been a member of the City Council since May 2004. He was appointed Deputy Mayor & Treasurer in June 2011 and elected Mayor in May 2014. He is currently a managing partner of Stewart Becker Properties in Lewes. He has worked as…Read more