After the election of Mayor Bryan Shupe, Milford City Council was left with an opening on the council to represent Ward One. A special election was scheduled for June, but was cancelled when only one candidate registered to run for the seat. Christopher H. Mergner was deemed elected by the city charter and took his oath of office on Monday, June 23.
Mr. Mergner is married to Dr. Leslie Mergner, who was raised in Milford and has two children, Alex, 11 and Lila, 8. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina Rocky Mount and his Masters of Business Administration from Centenary College. He began his career with a major insurance company in their marketing deparment before taking a position with a global oil company, where he remained for seven years. This position moved him from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Northern Virginia. Mr. Mergner currently holds the position of Vice President of Fuels Marketing for a regional oil company, handling everything from transportation to customer service to marketing and social media. Mr. Mergner also serves on the Board of Directors of the Milford Little League, where he is also the coach of two teams. He is on the Advisory Committee for a local daycare and a strong supporter of the March of Dimes and Relay for Life in Salisbury, Maryland.
“I wanted to get involved in making the city of Milford a great place to live and raise a family,” Mr. Mergner said, when asked why he decided to run for the open seat on City Council. “Having spent a number of years in other cities, I am proud to call Milford my home. I want to make a difference and offer support through sharing my knowledge and experience.” Mr. Mergner hopes to draw not only on his educational and business background, but as a Milford citizen as well.
Mr. Mergner believes that his experience as Vice President of Fuels and Marketing for a regional oil company has given him experience in business development, transportation, customer service, marketing, safety and social media. He feels that this experience will be important to the citizens of Milford and that he plans to stay connected to the citizens he serves, keeping the lines of communication open. Mr. Mergner sees economic growth to be the most important issue facing the town today.
“I think we need to work on getting business to come to Milford in a way that will grow our city economically and provide future job opportunities. Economic development is an important initiative that the city will have to continue to push forward in the years to come,” Mr. Mergner said. “To accomplish these issues, the city needs to work together and communicate. Communication is needed to keep the business owners and residents of Milford engaged in the city’s efforts to make Milford the best place to be in Delaware.”