The BPW offices will be closed on Wednesday June 19, 2024 in observation of Juneteenth.


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

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Robin Davis Assistant General Manager Lewes BPW

Robin Davis is the Assistant General Manager of the Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW). He assists in managing all four departments of the Lewes BPW.  Mr. Davis was hired for the position in January 2021 and previously was employed with the City of Lewes…Read more

Board of Public Works Officials

Tom Panetta
Tom Panetta President 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

Barbara Curtis Vice President Lewes BPW Board

Barbara was elected to the BPW in 2023. She has been a resident of Lewes since 2010, moving here with her husband Roger Heffernan after selling their vacation house in Prime Hook. Barbara grew up in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She returned…Read more

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

Pres Lee was elected to the Board of Public Works (BPW) in May of 2011. He has served in several Board positions, including Board President from May 23, 2018, until May 25, 2022, when he stepped down and was elected to the position of Board…Read more

Richard Nichols
Richard Nichols 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

Robert (Bob) Heffernan Assistant Treasurer Lewes BPW Board

Before joining the BPW Board Bob served on BPW’s Mitigation Committee and the BPW’s Contingency Planning Subcommittee for alternative technologies. He also served on the Lewes Planning Commission. Bob took his BPW Board seat in 2024. He and his wife, Marylinda have been a residents…Read more

Ex-Officio Members

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams Mayor Ex-Officio

Andrew Williams was born and raised in Lewes where his family roots are several generations deep. He and his wife Rita have 2 sons Keenan and Bodhi.  An alumnus of Dickinson College and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andrew is a Director at GlobalData PLC…Read more

Michael J. Hoffman Attorney Lewes BPW

A native Delawarean, Mike Hoffman is a Partner with Connolly Gallagher, LLP in Newark practicing in a variety of areas, including administrative and government law; land use and real estate; and general litigation. Having represented both municipalities and developers on a wide range of issues,…Read more