Delaware River and Bay Authority Welcomes New Commission Member
M. Earl Ransome, Jr., PE, Joins as a Salem County Representative
New Castle, Del. - Today, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) welcomed a new Commission member as New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli administered the Commission Oath of Office to M. Earl Ransome, Jr. of Pedricktown, New Jersey prior to the bi-state agency’s monthly meeting. Commissioner Ransome’s five year term extends to July 1, 2022. The New Jersey State Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination last month.
“I am honored that Governor Christie chose to appoint me to serve the residents of Salem County and the State of New Jersey as an Authority Commissioner," Ransome said. “The Authority is a dynamic organization with dedicated employees who take pride in serving the public. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners and executive management to develop and produce policy initiatives that will be beneficial for the bi-state agency.”
Mr. Ransome is the manufacturing manager at Mexichem Corporation in Pedricktown, New Jersey where he has worked for more than 40 years. Following his graduation from Penns Grove High School, Mr. Ransome landed a job with BF Goodrich Company and began his journey towards a college degree by attending Widener University at night. In 1988, Earl graduated with honors from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Mr. Ransome is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey.
“Mr. Ransome not only built a distinguished career with Mexichem, but also worked tirelessly to help others in his community and in Salem County,” Hogan remarked. “He will bring additional insight and expertise to our policy discussions and we’re fortunate to have him as a member of the New Jersey delegation.”
Active in civic and community activities, Mr. Ransome serves on the Memorial Hospital of Salem County - Board of Trustees and on the Oldmans Township Planning Board. For the past 8 years, Earl has served as one of the inaugural members of the merged Salem County Vocational Technical School and Special Services Board of Education, currently serving as Vice President of the Board. Earl is also a board member of the non-profit organization, Calvary Community Development Corporation, serving as liaison between the Board and the youth mentoring program ROPE (Reaching Out in Plain English).
Additionally, Earl is a member of the GASCAP (Gloucester and Salem Community Advisory Panel) panel, a group of volunteer community members who meet quarterly with local plant management concerning facility production, safety and environmental activity. Earl is a proud member of the Second Baptist Church of Pedricktown where Rev. Kevin Peterson is pastor and Rev Dr. Edward Dorn is Pastor Emeritus. Earl serves in several capacities; as Chairman of the Trustee board, member of the Inspirational Choir, the Male Chorus and Sunday school.
A life-long resident of Salem County, Earl and his wife, Avonda, are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren. The Commission is comprised of twelve commissioners - six each from New Jersey and Delaware - who are appointed by their respective Governor.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
Photo caption: New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli (right) administers the Commission Oath of Office to Earl Ransome, Jr. as his wife, Avonda Ransome, holds the Bible. Joining with Commissioner Ransome to witness the ceremony are his daughter, Makiah Ransome, and his sister, Barbara Saunders.
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