Register of Wills Biography

Ellen Magee

Ellen Magee, Sussex County Register of WillsEllen M. Magee of Williamsville is Sussex County’s Register of Wills, appointed by Delaware Gov. John C. Carney in January 2021 to fill a vacancy in the office when the previous occupant, Cynthia Green, rose to the elected County Council. A lifelong Sussex Countian, Ellen is a familiar face in the community, having for decades helped run a family farm founded in the Civil War-era, one that is renown in the summertime, especially for the sweet, syrupy strawberries that made Sussex County, Delaware famous more than a century ago. When not sowing seeds and peddling produce with her three sons, Ellen finds time for her other passion – public service. A proud member of the Roxana Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary for the past 40 years, Ellen has served in various roles in that time, including as president, vice president, treasurer, and member of the board of directors. Additionally, she is a past president and board member of the Delaware Burn Camp, past board member for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, and past member of the State of Delaware Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators; currently, she is a member of the Delaware Board of Charitable Gaming, confirmed by the Delaware Senate, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a board member for Camp Barnes. Ellen may be new in her role as Register of Wills, but she is no stranger to County government, having served most recently as chairwoman of the County’s Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial panel that reviews requests for variances or special use exceptions to the County Code. In her new role, Ellen pledges to utilize her years of managerial experience as a longtime small business owner, along with her years of public service on numerous boards and commissions and with charitable causes, to ensure the Sussex County Register of Wills office runs efficiently and in accordance with state laws. She looks forward to the next chapter in her career, and to continuing to serve the people of her community.