Vance A. Funk III

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Vance A. Funk III
Mayor of Newark, Delaware
In office
Succeeded by Polly Sierer
Personal details
Born (1942-12-16) December 16, 1942 (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Newark, Delaware

Vance A. Funk III (born December 16, 1942) is an American lawyer and politician from Newark, in New Castle County, Delaware. He is a Vietnam War veteran and was the Mayor of Newark, Delaware from 2005-2013.

Early life and family[edit]

Funk was born December 16, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Delaware, in 1965, and received his law degree in 1968 from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served a year in the 519th MP Battalion during the Vietnam War. He has two children, Vance and Kelly, and is a member of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church.

Professional career[edit]

Subsequently, Funk became a real estate associate for Potter Anderson & Coroon, and in 1975 entered private practice. He was Resident Partner for the Newark office of Bayard Handleman and Murdoch, becoming Managing Partner for that firm in 1990. He returned to private practice in 2000 as a real estate attorney.

In 1972 he became alderman for the city of Newark, a position he held until 1986. He was also the Chief Judge for the Alderman Courts from 1980 until 1986. In 2004 he was elected Mayor of Newark. He is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[1] an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.

On August 8, 2013 he announced that he would be resigning his position as mayor of Newark at the end of the year, citing health concerns brought on by stress from continued opposition to the construction of a Wawa convenience store.[1]


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