Mayor John E. Babiarz Park
This park honors John E. Babiarz, who over a long and distinguished career brought integrity, effective management, sensitivity and responsiveness to a series of responsible business and governmental positions.
Born in Wilmington in 1915, he attended Wilmington High School, graduated from the University of Delaware in 1937, served during World War II in Egypt and the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Army, and has been a life-long member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
While Mayor of Wilmington he began the revitalization of the city's aging core, introduced professionalism into the city work force with employment on merit principles, and led the successful transition to accountable city government under a home-rule charter. As State Secretary of Administrative Services he was responsible for construction of the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington and restoration of the Old State House in Dover.
Business Executive: 1937-1964
County Register in Chancery and Clerk of Orphans' Court: 1948-1952
President of City Council: 1956-1960
President, Better Business
State Secretary of Administrative Services: 1973-1976
City Director of Commerce: 1977-1981
Erected by City of Wilmington, Delaware.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 39° 43.962′ N, 75° 31.875′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on East 7th Street 0.2 miles east of Wilmington Industrial Park, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1180 E 7th St, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Colonists (within shouting distance of this marker); Kalmar Nyckel (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony (within shouting distance of this marker); Kalmar Nyckel Monument (approx. half a mile away); Landing of the Swedes (approx. half a mile away); The Monument (approx. half a mile away); Fort Christina (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Additional keywords. merit systems
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.