Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr.
Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr. was elected as President of Wilmington City Council on November 6, 2012, and took his oath of office during a special session of City Council on January 8, 2013. Theo’s rise to the top leadership position of the Legislative Branch of City Government was preceded by 24 years of public service as a six-term member of Wilmington City Council from 1984-2008. During his previous tenure on Council, Theo authored legislation to ensure the fiscal health of the City and helped to preserve the civil rights of its citizens.
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Theo graduated from DeLaWarr High School, the University of Delaware and the University of Florida’s School of Law. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a star fullback helping the University achieve national championships in 1971 and 1972. Theo is a member of the University’s 1,200 Yard Club, and in 2001 was inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Theo has enjoyed a broad career both in an out of public service. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, which enabled him to practice poverty law at the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society from 1977 to 1979. Theo was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 as the first African-American Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware - a position he held until 1984. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Theo prosecuted cases on behalf of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He received special recognition for his DEA prosecution of the Pagan Motorcycle Club for trafficking in methamphetamine. One of the proudest moments of his federal career was the ATF prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan for firearms violations.
Theo was in private practice from 1984 to 1994 handling personal injury, criminal defense, probate and real estate law. He has always chosen to locate his private practice office in the heart of the Wilmington community so he can be visible and accessible to the citizens he serves; and, with this, he is continued his public service. Theo was also an Assistant Public Defender from 1996 through 2006, primarily representing juveniles in Family Court.
He is a principle founder of the Police Athletic League Youth Activities Center and led renovation efforts at the Eden Park and the P.S. duPont athletic fields. Theo is also a principle founder of the former City’s Youth Tackle Football Program that lasted 20 years, and played a major role in reviving the Wednesday Night Youth Track and Field Program staged regularly at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington.
From 2006-2010, Theo served as the Director of the Maurice J. Moyer Academy. He was the principle founder of this unique, urban charter school for students in grades 6 through 12. The novel grade configuration at Moyer provided students with educational and social continuity for six consecutive years and was Wilmington’s only traditional public high school.
Theo is a member of the Manna Christian Fellowship Church, where he is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Deacon Board. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Council President Gregory founded and continues to provide financial support to Education Voices, Inc. (EVI), a non-profit organization that provides advocacy for special needs students.
Theo is married to V. Lynn Gregory. They are the proud parents of six wonderful children and the grandparents of five precious grandchildren.
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