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Mike DeVlieger Touts Experience, Leadership in Run for Council

Alex and Donna Oves Standing with Mike DeVlieger.


Why Vote for Mike?

Proven Leadership for Ocean City

What is at stake?

  • The City’s 2024 budget is over $100 million. That is an awful lot of money. There needs to be checks and balances. The taxpaying public needs to know that no one will have a blank check or “no bid” contracts.
  • The Wind Farms must still be fought. It is critical that we regain our “Home Rule”.
  • The delicate balance that keeps Ocean City “America’s Greatest Family Resort” can be easily changed with just four votes on Council.

What do some of your neighbors have to say?

“Mike is at the forefront of opposition to offshore wind farms and their disastrous impact to the environment, marine life, commercial fishing operations, and Ocean City’s tourism and home values. He has been since 2018 as far as I am aware. That’s when I first contacted him, all of the City Council and the administration as the founder of Protect Our Coast NJ and Ocean City Flooding. After the cancellation of Ocean Wind 1 and 2 projects, Mike continues to lead the fight against offshore wind up and down the Eastern Seaboard. I have never seen an elected official work harder to represent and protect the best interests of his constituents (even when others on City Council and administration were doing the opposite) and that is why I support Mike DeVlieger. If you care about Ocean City, I strongly encourage you to vote for Mike too.” – Suzanne Hornik founder of Protect Our Coast NJ and Ocean City Flooding

Mike with 4th Ward resident and Former Councilman Harry Vanderslice

“I have known Mike for a long time and consider him a dear friend and a “brother.” He has a wonderful heart and generous spirit along with a sharp mind. We have shared talks about our love of God and others as we travel through this crazy life. Our large families grew up together in OC and I have worked with Mike in fundraising and team building as we struggled to try and keep our local Catholic grade school open and always appreciated his dedication of service for others. I would love to have him back as one of our city leaders.” –Harry Vanderslice, Former Councilman and Business Owner

Brian Hartley stands with Mike

“When my family and I were living in the First Ward, we noticed the streets were in poor condition. Mike was quick to work with residents, listen to their concerns and develop a commonsense plan to start fixing the potholes and pave the streets that were in need of repair. When the skate park was demolished at the Civic Center, the community lost a unique recreation asset that our children came to love and enjoy. Mike again worked with the community and county to bring an even better skate park back to the community that has since exceeded anyone’s wild dreams. This park is used by our youth and adults 365 days a year and will continue to pay dividends for Ocean City in the years to come.” – Brian Hartley, 4th Ward Resident and Business Executive

“Mike is a dedicated public servant. He takes the time to listen to the needs and concerns of others. He will always do what he can to help the people of Ocean City.” –Alex and Donna Oves, Business Owners and longtime friends

Chuck Palermo has known Mike for over 50 years.

Mike spearheaded a planning committee that organized the skateboard park. When I got divorced, Mike said if you need anything “I am here” and he was. He helped me as long as I needed him. He’s a good, genuine guy and I have known him forever. -Chuck Palermo, 1st Ward Resident and lifelong friend

Mike has always been there for everyone in Ocean City. He is the true meaning of community first. He’s always been one to look at the issue at hand and think what is best for everyone, not himself. He’s been there for all of our kids by spearheading the skatepark, which has been a huge success. Carl Wanek, Former President of Junior Raider Football

“Mike is very generous with his time … more than willing to help out any organization or person with just about anything.” -Greg Young, Junior Raider Wrestling

Bill Rauner supports Mike and has known him since High School

“I have known Mike for over 40 years. He has always been a man for others. A compassionate, kind and honest person. Everything you want in a community leader but will never find in your typical politician.” –Bill Rauner, 1st Ward Resident and longtime friend

“My father has and always will put you before himself, even throughout the good, the bad and the ugly. He will always show his true colors; you can always count on him.” –Flynn DeVlieger, OCHS Graduate, College Student and Son of the candidate

Mike DeVlieger is joined by his daughter, Reagan, and son, Flynn, at a wind farm protest.

“I’ve lived my entire life around my father, so I can say with complete certainty that Ocean City is not just a town to him. It is his home. He raised our family here. He has always been one to step up, speak out and take action on what is best for our family and Ocean City.” –Reagan DeVlieger, OCHS Student and Daughter of the candidate

Mike’s History of Community Service

 City Council

Former Ocean City 1st Ward Councilman – 9 Years

Former Vice President of City Council – 1 Year

Former Council Representative to the Airport Committee – 2 Years

Former Council Representative for the Utility Committee – 7 Years

Former Head of the Ocean City User Skate Park Committee – 2 Years

Former Ward Captain for Super Storm Sandy Relief – 1 Year


OC Youth Travel Basketball Coach – 5 Years

Ocean City Recreation Basketball Coach – 8 Years

T-Ball Coach – 2 Years

OC Youth Soccer – 2 Years

Boards & Committees

Active Board Member of the Ocean City Education Foundation – 2 Years

Active Board Member of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce – 10 years

Board Member OCNJ Care – 10 Years

Former Board Member OCHS Boathouse Committee – 3 Years


American Cancer Society – Relay for Life Board Member – 3 Years

The Prouty – Cancer Fundraiser & 100 Mile Bike Participant – 4 Years

Autism Speaks Fundraiser 3 Years

Mike’s Seafood Run & Walk Benefiting Autism – Supporter – 5 Years

Former President & Founder of the Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Foundation – 15 Years

Civic Groups

Ocean City Yacht Club Member – 19 Years

Social Member – VFW Post 6650 – 5 Years

Church Affiliation

Member of St. Damien’s Parish

Work Experience:

Mike has worked in the Executive Search industry since 1991. His career journey included climbing through the ranks of a large personnel firm to become the Executive Vice President. He opened his own search firm and operated that for four years until he was recruited to Corporate America. Over the last 15 years he has held executive-level roles in two separate Fortune 50 companies.


St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania                           Dual BBA in Marketing and Management

My name is Mike DeVlieger and I am asking for your vote. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to call me at (609) 231-8987. I would be happy to meet with you and discuss any Ocean City-related topics. 

*Paid for by Neighbors supporting DeVlieger for Council*