People’s Place Appoints New Members to its Board of Directors

posted Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the People's Place Board of Directors.  Joining the Board in March are Chief Keith W. Banks, Lucille (Ceil) Payne, and Jessica Palladino.

Keith Banks, Chief of Police for the City of Rehoboth Beach, has spent his entire law enforcement career with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.  Beginning as a seasonal officer in 1989, he went on to be hired full time and entered the Delaware State Police Training Academy in January 1993.  Upon graduation, he received the Chiefs' Award for Leadership; an award voted on by both instructors and fellow recruits.

Keith has worked a wide variety of assignments including Field Training Officer and was appointed Detective after only 3 years as a patrol officer.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999.

In 2001 at the age of 32, he was appointed Chief of Police; at the time, the youngest Police Chief in the State of Delaware and Rehoboth Beach.
Under his leadership, he oversees 16 full time certified officers, 24 seasonal officers from May-October as well as a Nationally Accredited 9-1-1 Center. He also serves as the Emergency Operations Coordinator for the City of Rehoboth Beach.

Keith is a graduate of Wilmington University and holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of Delaware Technical Community College and has received additional Command/Leadership training through the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration, FBI Law Enforcement Leadership Institute and Penn State.

He participates on the Legislative Committee of the Delaware Police Chiefs' Council, Sussex Police Chiefs' Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.  Chief Banks serves on the Delaware Technical & Community College Advisory Board; is a past Board Member of the Cape Henlopen Senior Center; Past Vice President of Millsboro Little League; Past Leader of Boy Scouts Troop 89 and serves on the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee.

Lucille (Ceil) Payne was born and raised in New York City.  In the 1980's, she moved to California with her husband, Dan, and their two young sons.  Ceil earned a BA in Women's Studies at Mills College in Oakland, CA, shortly before her 50th birthday.  Her long-standing interest in domestic violence was fed volunteering for STAND! Against Domestic Violence.  Dancing in Quicksand, her recently published novel, explores why women stay in abusive marriages.

Ceil and Dan, retired to Rehoboth Beach, DE in 2007 and spend thier winters visiting their sons in Florida and California.

Jessica Palladino, originally from New Jersey, made Delaware her home after attending the University of Delaware and earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with duel concentration in Operations Management and Marketing. 

A Milford resident, Jessica expects to graduate this Spring (2015) with a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management.  She is currently employed at Energizer Personal Care/Playtex Products in Dover, as an HR Generalist.  Prior to Energizer, Jessica was in the Human Resource Department at the Bayhealth Medical Center and is also an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Jessica states, "Most importantly, I am the mother of a very busy two year old girl and have a passion for helping other people and living life to its fullest".


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