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Kelly D. Pitts

Public Information Officer

555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-2304 / Fax: (302) 736-2279

Email:  kelly.pitts@co.kent.de.us


Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri.

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Kent County Levy Court Host Youth in Government Day:

Dover - Kent County Levy Court, hosted 38 students Thursday, April 3, 2014, selected by Boys State and Girls State of Delaware, to participate in the County’s Youth in Government Day.

Boys State and Girls State, a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary is for high school juniors. Participating students are typically nominated by their history teacher.

Kent County’s Youth in Government Day then brings together the selected students from various schools throughout the State for a day devoted to learning about how the County government works. This year’s participants hailed from Smyrna High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Polytech High School, (Polytech Air Force Junior ROTC), Dover High School, (Dover Air Force Junior ROTC, Lake Forest High School, Woodbridge High School, Milford High School, and St. Thomas Moore Academy.

The day began with a historical presentation given by County Administrator,
Mike Petite de Mange, which highlighted Kent County’s humble beginnings. Levy Court President P. Books Banta, Vice-President Brad Eaby, and Commissioner Jody Sweeney later facilitated a mock Levy Court business meeting, where all students had the opportunity to role play as a County Commissioner, charged with handling the business of Kent County. This year’s mock meeting notice included a rezoning proposal (Residential to Commercial), a Home Occupation (Conditional Use) application, and review of the County’s employee policy concerning amendments to the current dress code and social media policy.

Students were later taken back in history with a documented historical re-enactment given by State Representative Donald Blakey and wife Delores Balkey about the life of Dina, a freed slave, who resided on the Dickinson Plantation ding the 1700’s in Dover.

Afterwards, students toured the Kent County Emergency Operations 911 Center (EOC), where they learned how 911 calls are triaged, how the EOC functions during inclement weather, along with what the responsibilities are of a Kent County Paramedic.

The day concluded with a mock marriage ceremony presided over by Clerk of the Peace Loretta Wootten and her Deputy Frances Moore, with two students portraying a bride and groom exchanging simulated wedding vows.

Kent County Levy Court is the executive authority in Kent County, Delaware, charged with overseeing the daily operations of county government. For additional information about this release, contact Public Information Officer, Kia L. Evans, at

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