One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading public relations professionals, Bret Scotthas dedicated his career to excellence. Until recently, Scott served as the Public Information Officer for Kent County Levy Court, located in Dover, Delaware. In the context of this position, which he held for more than a decade, he developed a publication called Kent County Focus, which informed area residents of municipal issues such as abandoned home demolition, tax regulation, and the development of a paramedic center in the county’s northern region. In his former role, Scott also lobbied representatives of the Delaware General Assembly on issues affecting county expenses, such as building surcharges and the proposed increase of the state’s Realty Transfer Tax. Earlier in his career, he served as an employee of WBOC Channel 16 and the Delaware State News. Committed to professional growth, Bret Scott maintains membership in organizations including the Delaware League of Local Governments, the International City/County Management Association, and the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. From 2009 until 2011, Scott served as President of the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO). In this capacity, Scott volunteered on a media relations training panel at the 2010 National Association of Counties Annual Conference, held in Reno, Nevada. In 2004, Bret Scott earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from WilmingtonUniversity. He completed a Bachelor of Science at Johnson & WalesUniversity, where he studied communication and advertising. Prior to his enrollment as an undergraduate student, Scott concluded a four-year tour of duty in the United States Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged in March 1990. During his military career, he served as a B-52 bomber aircraft mechanic and received specialized training in Non-CommissionedOfficerLeadershipSchool.
Served as a Youth Soccer Coach for the Central Delaware Soccer Association, Member- Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, member Delaware Veterans Post 2.
July 2009 – July 2011: President, National Association of County Information OfficersCentral Delaware Economic Development Council; Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; Delaware League of Local Governments; Delaware Association of Counties; International City/County Management Association
Jul 2001 - Jan 2012
Former Public Information Officer
In his previous role as Public Information Officer, Bret Scott served Primary media relations contact for Kent County. Created and published Kent County Focus, a quarterly publication to educate residents on tax ditch maintenance; the process for demolishing abandoned homes; and the construction of a paramedic station in northern Kent County, lobbying members of Delaware's General Assembly, represent Kent County on various boards and commissions. Bret successfully lobbied Delaware General Assembly members in favor of and in opposition of legislation to include:House Bill 367 enabling legislation relating to surcharges on building permits which allows Kent County to raise $5.3 million for local school districtsHouse Bill 294 which eliminated the office of the Kent County Receiver of Taxes and County Treasurer saving the county $100,000 per year in salary and benefits.House Bill 111 which would have eliminated Kent County’s share of the Realty Transfer Tax in area’s outside of the county’s growth zone.House Bill 157 which would have reduced Kent County’s share of the Realty Transfer Tax from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent.Created and published Kent County Focus, a quarterly publication to educate residents on tax ditch maintenance; the process for demolishing abandoned homes;and the construction of a paramedic station in northern Kent CountyAchievementsEmployee of the Month for July 2006
Sep 1998 - Dec 1999
Story highlights include:The Death of Common CourtesyThe Pfiesteria Crisis and the effects of farm run-off in local waterwaysPublic Radio versus Commercial Radio in the marketplace.