State lawmakers object to Social Security office move

Seven downstate members of the House of Representatives have waded into the ongoing controversy over the pending move of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Georgetown office


State Reps. Danny Short, R-Seaford; Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown; Ron Gray, R-Selbyville; Tim Dukes, R-Laurel; Harvey Kenton, R-Milford; Bobby Outten, R-Harrington; and Dave Wilson, R-Cedar Creek Hundred have sent a letter to Delaware’s congressional delegation protesting the relocation of the office serving Sussex County.

The lease is expiring on the agency’s current office space and SSA officials have reportedly entered into a long-term contract for new accommodations just west of Lewes.

The seven state representatives argue that it makes little sense to relocate the office from its central Sussex location to the northeast corner of the county 12 miles away. The letter summarizes the logistical benefits of keeping the office in the county seat, citing the proximity of other nearby government agencies frequented by constituents.

Additionally, they say the Lewes-area location will lengthen travel times and increase the burden on the majority of county residents needing to visit the SSA office.

“We are requesting your support in retaining the Social Security Office in Georgetown,” states the letter sent to U.S. Rep. John Carney and U.S. Sens. Tom Carper & Chris Coons. “We are convinced that there are locations in Georgetown that would be well suited to house these offices and urge each of you to assist in overturning this decision.”