Kenneth L. Branner, Jr., was elected Mayor of the Town of Middletown on March 6, 1989. While at the helm of the mid-state town, the population has grown from 3,800 in 1989 to 23,000 today. Key accomplishments achieved by the town during his tenure have been: construction of a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility and electric substation in 2000, to be able to handle the future infrastructural growth; formation of the Middletown Police Department in 2007; and unprecedented economic development growth with big employers Clarios (Johnson Controls), Amazon.com, Bayhealth, Christiana Care, Encompass Health and Datwyler in the past decade.
A lifelong Middletown resident, he attended East Carolina University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Today, he is the Director of Development for Artesian Water Co. In 2007, he retired as a chemist with the DuPont Co. after 40 years of service. Prior to becoming Mayor, he was a member of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years, eight years as its chair. In his free time, he serves on the board of directors of the M.O.T. Senior Center and for the M.O.T. Little League as treasurer. On the state level, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Delaware League of Local Governments for 12 years, two years as its President. He has also coached and served on the board for the M.O.T. Youth Football League. He served as Chief of the Volunteer Hose Company for four years and is a Life Member of the department. He and his wife Nancy have two grown children and four granddaughters.