Delaware County Council Appoints New Executive Director

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Released: January 3, 2024

Delaware County Council Appoints New Executive Director

Delaware County Council appointed Barbara O’Malley as the Delaware County Executive Director during the Organizational Meeting on January 2.

Ms. O’Malley was selected after a nationwide search to fill the Executive Director position and chosen for her extensive experience and leadership skills within the county government sector. She most recently served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Montgomery County and brings over 25 years of experience in county government and public service to Delaware County, including experience in grant-funded county services and serving in leadership roles for Montgomery County Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Health Department, and the Aging and Adult Services for Montgomery County.

“I am honored to have been selected to help lead Delaware County’s skilled and talented team,” said newly appointed Executive Director Barbara O’Malley. “I am passionate about serving in county government and looking forward to serving the residents of Delaware County.”

Marc Woolley, who had been serving as the interim Chief Administrative Officer, resumed his previous leadership role as Deputy Executive Director on January 2. Council extends their immense gratitude and thanks to Mr. Woolley for stepping in to serve as the interim Chief Administrative Officer for the past nine months.

“Council is thrilled to have Ms. O’Malley joining and leading the County Team as the Executive Director, bringing with her a great deal of experience, knowledge, and leadership in county government,” said Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “We are excited to begin 2024 with the leadership of both Ms. O’Malley and Mr. Woolley guiding our hard working and talented County team.”

The County Executive Director is responsible for the administration and management of departments of county government not directly managed by County Council.

The powers and duties of the Executive Director with respect to those departments and other entities include:


Authorization of expenditures of County funds for departments under the Executive Director’s supervision as well as accounting for such expenditures in accordance with budgetary limitations.

Preparation for submission to Council, in coordination with all departments of the county government, of the annual county operating and capital budgets including estimates of revenues, analysis of bond issues requirements, impact statements relating to effects on service delivery of budget disapprovals, and long-term five-year forecasts on spending requirements by capital budget program.

Execution and enforcement of all resolutions and orders issued by Council and pertaining to operations under his authority.

Conduct of intergovernmental liaison programs.

Provision of point of access for citizen and group presentation of requests and complaints relative to delivery of county services or execution of county business.

The Executive Director serves a term of two years and is eligible for reappointment to an unlimited number of terms.

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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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