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Preston Lee

Lewes BPW Board

D. Preston Lee, P.E.


Role: Secretary

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 Secretary.

He has also served as a Trustee of The Children’s Beach House Foundation (CBH) since 2004 and serves on its Executive Committee and Chairman of its Property Committee.

In addition to his positions on the BPW and CBH, he previously served on the City of Lewes’ Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) and had primary responsibility for overseeing the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Canalfront Park. He has previously served on the boards of the Overfalls Foundation and Lewes Historical Society.

Pres is a lifelong resident of Delaware and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Delaware and surrounding states and has practiced as a consulting engineer serving municipal, corporate, and private clients throughout the Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland region. In 1979 he founded the consulting engineering firm of Tatman & Lee Associates, Inc. in Wilmington, DE with D. Russell Tatman. The firm provided civil, public works, structural, and site engineering as well as planning and landscape architectural services.

Pres and Russ continued to own and operate the firm until 1993 when they agreed to be acquired by an international engineering firm. Pres continued to manage the Wilmington office, as Vice President, until 2001 when he went into private professional practice as a sole proprietor.

Pres has been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1968. In 2009 the Delaware Chapter of the ASCE nominated him as Delaware’s Engineer of the Year.

Pres also was elected President and as National Director of the Delaware Chapter of the American Consulting Engineers Council.

Pres and his wife Linda have owned homes in Lewes since 1988 and have been full time residents for over a decade.