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Jeff Flynn moves into the private sector to become vice president of banking

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced today that Jeff Flynn, the city’s longest-serving economic development official, has left city government to take a job in the private sector as vice president of ‘Applied Bank, where he will be responsible for commercial and real estate loans.

“Jeff was an exceptional professional and the City greatly benefited from his time with us,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We thank Jeff for his service to our city, its residents and businesses, and wish him and his family much success and happiness for the future.”

Jeff Flynn began his municipal career with the Office of Economic Development in 2001 under former Mayor James M. Baker and served with then Director of Economic Development Dick Pryor. Jeff was initially the manager of the city‘s brownfields program. He was appointed deputy director of economic development in 2008 and became director in 2015.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve the city I love during this time of dynamic growth,” Flynn said. “I learned a lot during my time at the City and I am proud of our many collective accomplishments. I extend my thanks to Mayor Purzycki and Washington’s Chief of Staff, my talented staff, and all of my colleagues, inside and outside of city government, for the enduring support provided.

Jeff has served three municipal governments over the past 20 years, managed $2 billion in private investments, coordinated the development and expansion of the city’s downtown residential district, and redeveloped countless former industrial sites in the Wilmington neighborhoods, such as the former Harper Thiel Electroplating Plant on Miller. Road, now home to Wilmington Brew Works, Metro Pizza and other new businesses, and the South Wilmington Wetlands, soon to be officially named Southbridge Wilmington Wetlands Park. Jeff reorganized the Office of Economic Development and forged beneficial partnerships with DNREC, DelDOT, True Access Capital, WEDCO and Delaware Prosperity Partnership.

Mayor Purzycki said Sean Park, who is deputy director of the city’s office of economic development, will have primary responsibility for the office and be the primary contact for Wilmington’s economic development activities following the departure of Jeff Flynn. Sean can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling the city’s 311 Customer Service Center.


John Rago
Deputy chief of staff
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: [email protected]

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