Deaver left an impression on county, council

Joan Deaver did indeed have a voice before she joined Sussex County Council in 2008 — but she gained a much larger platform for her words the day she took office.

Long a protector of Sussex County’s environment, Deaver was one of those “one-trick ponies” when she moved more prominentaly into the public’s eye. We don’t say that in a disparaging way. Many, many people get involved on a political level because they feel like they can make a better impact on an issue if they attack it from the inside. Deaver cared about the environment, and the impact that the wild growth in development was having on our environment.

So she decided to do something about it.

For the last eight years, Deaver has served as a voice for those interested in a conservative land-use plan, and evolved her passions into a wider array of issues as a county councilwoman. And, historically speaking, she also will go down in Sussex County history as the first woman to be elected to the county council.

“You broke the ceiling in Sussex County,” said fellow councilman Rob Arlett. “... I think that’s a testament to your passion and to District 3 for standing for principles.”

Deaver just sat in her last county council meeting, as she chose not to seek re-election this year. She left her mark while in office, both historically and in the environment. Thank you for your service.