Mayor and Members of Council
Delran is organized under the Optional Municipal Charter Law as a Mayor-Council form of government conducted every two years. The governing body consists of five members with three elected to represent their wards. The terms are four-year staggered terms. The Mayor and the remaining two members of the governing body are elected at large for four-year terms. Daily operations are entrusted to the Business Administrator, appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of Council.
Term expires 12/31/2020
Phone# 856.461.7734 ext. 113
Mayor Ken Paris worked 32 yrs. on the AEGIS Defense Program as a Software Program Manager. He also worked for Rowan at Burlington County College as a Project Manager on new construction. He is a graduate of Rutgers University. Having served as a councilman for two years, Ken is currently serving in his ninth year as Mayor.
Ken has been a Delran resident for 21 years. His wife, June, was born and raised in Delran and her family, the Bagonis’, have lived here for over 54 years. When they were married, Ken and June realized that Delran was the perfect location to raise their daughter Aubrey, who has a double-Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Ursinus College and is now attending Princeton University pursuing her PHD in Chemistry.
Ken has always had a passion for making Delran a better place to live and has consistently been an active member of our community. He considers it an honor to serve as an elected official. Throughout the years, his major accomplishments include: establishment of a 6-year budget plan that produced tax stabilization; preservation of Myers’ Tract; development of a multi-purpose recreational facility; institution of an aggressive road reconstruction program; development of a successful grant program from both the county and state; creation of a township sewer department; and the foundation of the Delran Business Association (DBA) and Delran Day celebration.
Ken is committed to fulfilling his promises to Delran residents—maintaining an open line of communication—and continuing his community involvement through actions such as fundraising for the special needs organization “Jake’s Place.”
Council At Large
Term expires 12/31/2020
Gary is the Vice President of Marketing for a technology company in the mortgage industry in Trevose, PA and a business owner active in the entertainment business. He is also active in numerous civic and charitable endeavors like the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the ALS Association and the Red Cross.
While attending the township’s meetings since 1998, he felt a need for more people to be involved and for the residents to be better informed. Gary’s hardworking approach to community service has delivered results to those looking for easier access to township information. They can find it at on this website and on his original website at delran.net.
- A resident of Delran for over 40 years
Gary has lived in the same neighborhood since he was 15 years old. When he married Julie over 20 years ago, he welcomed Julie’s daughter, Germaine, to their home. Just over a year later, they had Nina and six years later, Rose.
Germaine is now married to Ryan and mother of grandson, Padraig and granddaughter, Brighid. She is an elementary teacher in Maryland. Nina is studying at Rider University and Rose is in Delran Middle School.
- Member of Township Council Since 2008 (Council President 2008-2010, 2012-2017)
- Owner of Delran.net since 2000. This community oriented website was the first Delran website that brought voter information, meeting schedules, meeting minutes and more to the Delran residents
- March of Dimes Committee Member – Fundraising Committee, Volunteer for Walk for Babies, the Golf for Babies fundraiser and Born to Shine Gala and Harvest Ball.
- “2 Gallon Pin” from the American Red Cross for Blood Donations
- Knights of Columbus – St. John Neumann Council 1436 (Third Degree)
- St. Charles Borromeo – Active Member and Director of the Communications Ministry
- Member of Delran Middle School PTA
- Planning Board Member since 2008
- Founded and Charter Member of Delran Historical Society
Term expires 12/31/2020
Tyler was born and raised in Delran, and graduated from Delran High School. Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rowan University and currently in law school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tyler realized early in life that he was driven to make a difference in his community. He enjoyed helping people and felt compelled to make a lasting impact. Tyler first served on the Delran Township School’s Technology Committee to develop a three-year plan for the district. He also served on the Delran Recreation Advisory Committee. Tyler was the founding Vice-President of the Delran Education Foundation, a nonprofit raising money for educational initiatives.
Tyler has a deep passion for the entertainment arts. He runs his own small sound and entertainment business on the side. In addition, he works for local theatre companies and schools mentoring students in theatrical sound and lighting.
Serving as one of the youngest Councilman in the State, Tyler plans to use his age as an asset to bring a new perspective to the community. Tyler encourages residents to reach out personally to start a positive dialogue.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2018-2021
- Eagle Scout, Delran Troop 25
- Delran High School Graduate, Class of 2014
- Founding Vice-President, Delran Education Foundation
- Committee Member, Delran Recreation Advisory Committee
- Former Committee Member, Delran Township Public Schools Technology
Ward 1 Councilwoman
Term expires 12/31/2022
My life is an American dream. Legally immigrating from Spain as a small child to escape the Franco regime, my parents brought me to America to give me a better life. I have worked hard to become
an American citizen and know that living in America is better than anywhere else in the world.
I am raising my two high school aged daughters in Delran Township and love this town.
For the last 12 years, I have lived with my family in Ward 1 and transitioned from Stay at Home mom to working Mom when my home situation required. Becoming a substitute teacher in Delran schools since 2013, has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful families, through their children.
I learned that everyone, children, parents
Ward 2 Council
Term expires 12/31/19
Tom has lived in Delran for ten years and loves the people, schools, and community. He first got involved in the community during the High School’s homecoming week to help build the float for his daughter’s class.
He became further involved with the community by fundraising for Jake’s Place and after meeting some of the elected officials. He was asked to fill a vacant seat on the Zoning Board in 2016 and hasn’t stopped helping delran since.
Tom Lyon started his career as a UPS Service Provider in 1986 and is proud of his 32+ years as a Teamster. He has been a Business Agent and elected Trustee of Teamsters Local 676 since 2007. He also holds the title of Political Coordinator for Local 676.
Family and Community
Tom and his family are active in community service and support various charities with their time, money and fundraising efforts. The Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation and Autism Awareness are near and dear to their hearts. Tom’s wife, Donna, is on the Board of Directors of the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation.
Tom moved to Delran in late 2009 and in 2011 married Donna Patterson, who has resided of Delran since 1995. They have three grown children. Melissa is a college administrator in New Hampshire; Juliana is a professional writer for a Cherry Hill-based company; and James is a college senior studying the sciences. Tom and Donna also have another family member, a Shihtzu named Bella, who thinks she is the Queen of Summer Hill.
Tom has participated in many election campaigns over the years through his role as Political Coordinator, and he was thrilled to help his friend Dan O’Connell both in Delran and Burlington County. He hopes to represent Ward 2 with the same commitment and energy as Councilman O’Connell and Councilman Morrow have in the past.
Tom is a proud graduate of Cherry Hill HS West (1979) and The University of Arizona (1984), where he attained a B.A. in Political Science.
Ward 3 Councilman
Term expires 12/31/22
Mike has lived in Delran for a combined total of 23 years. He grew up in Delran, delivered newspapers to Delran residents, and later worked at the Delran Red Lobster for a decade in order to fund his college and graduate education. Mike attended Millbridge School, Delran Middle School and Delran High School. After graduating high school, Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University. Mike lives in Delran and is married to his high school sweetheart, Karin, who is also a Delran High School alum. They have two children enrolled in the Delran School system.
Serving the Community with Professionalism
Mike served a clerkship for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Office of the Disciplinary Counsel, from 1999 – 2000, and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2001, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2001, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2014.
Following Bar admission, Mike served the community as an Assistant Burlington County Prosecuting Attorney at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for eleven years. There, Mike worked with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and maintains the respect of the law enforcement community, the defense bar, and the judiciary. During the last two years of his service, Mike was promoted to Unit Supervisor, commanding an investigative team dedicated to serving the citizens of our county. Serving the public and helping citizens in our community have always been the fundamental goals of Mike’s professional career.
Since 2012, Mike has been engaged in private practice as an attorney with Attorney’s Hartman Chartered, in Moorestown. There, he assists clients in need concerning employment law, labor law, administrative law, municipal law, and criminal law. Since joining Attorneys Hartman, Chartered, Mike has handled cases in The United States District Court for the State of New Jersey, The New Jersey Superior Court Law and Appellate Divisions, The Office of Administrative Law, The Department of Labor, The Division of Civil Rights, and Municipal Court. Mike has also argued at the departmental level for various civil service employees and law enforcement officers in the context of disciplinary hearings.
Over the years, Mike has also been an instructor at the Burlington County Police Academy, teaching various topics related to criminal law, and criminal investigations, including Title 2C, and Search and Seizure law. He has also given lectures on the topic of Search and Seizure law to the In-Service Program for law enforcement, the New Jersey Homicide Investigator’s Association, and the Burlington County Bar Association.
Mike is an active member in the Burlington County Bar Association, is currently the Co-Chair of the Burlington County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, and serves as a volunteer member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District Ethics Committee, Burlington County, District III-B.