E-mail: Contact Fred A. Neil
Phone: (302) 678-3288
Phone: City Clerk's Office at (302) 736-7008
Title: Representative - 3rd District
First Elected: 5/2015
Current Term: 5/2021 - 5/2025
Member: Council Committee of the Whole; City/County Committee (Liaison to Kent County); Construction and Property Maintenance Code Board of Appeals; Downtown Dover Partnership Board of Directors; and Kent County Tourism Board of Directors (Voting Liaison)
Former Member: Utility Committee; and President’s Counsel on Public/Private Partnerships and the Future of City Hall, Weyandt Hall, Former Dover Library, and Other City Properties
Councilman Fred Neil, a native of Baltimore, served two years in the U.S. Army. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he launched a decade-long career in radio news and sports. He won numerous peer-judged awards as News and Sports Director of a Baltimore radio station and produced the popular Baltimore Colts play-by-play broadcasts. He also co-hosted and/or produced a series with Hall of Famers, John Unitas, Art Donovan, and the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson, among others.
His other sports activities include hiring for radio and writing a book with the late Charlie Eckman, a great basketball referee and NBA Coach of the Year. Neil served as President of the Baltimore News Reporters, Baltimore Sports Reporters Associations, and the Maryland Press Club. Neil served as Media Director of the Laurel Race Course, in Maryland, and Charlestown and Shenandoah Downs Race Tracks in West Virginia. He was the General Manager of the Baltimore Banners team, in the World Team Tennis League.
He served as Press Officer for Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
Neil won more awards in his 20-year role as Public Affairs officer of the Maryland Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He was elected as President of the Maryland Vocational Rehabilitation Association and the Mid-Atlantic Administrators Association.
In his community, he served as President of the Howard County Summer Theater, Howard County, MD, for five years.
Semi-retiring to Delaware in 2003, with his wife, Dawn, he served as President of the Wild Meadows Home Owners Association, which he resigned when elected to the Council. He also resigned as the volunteer Public Affairs Officer for the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association.
Neil has served on the Delaware Governor’s Council on Manufactured Housing and the Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority and Chaired the Kent County Redistricting Committee in 2012.
He has two sons and a daughter, six grandchildren in his own right, and two stepchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, courtesy of his spouse.