Aliquippa is a third class city located approximately 20 miles Northwest of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Southern border of Beaver County, over looking the Ohio River. In November of 2011, Dwan B. Walker became the first African-American in the city’s 204-year existence to be elected Mayor, and only the second in Beaver County. As a life long resident of the city of Aliquippa and a 1994 graduate of the Aliquippa school district, Mr. Walker participated in student government and varsity athletics. He continued his education at Robert Morris University, Coraopolis Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1999.
Mayor Walker’s leadership extends throughout the Aliquippa community. He enjoys mentoring children and counseling young adults in their skill enhancements, as well as listening and learning from the community’s senior residents. His affiliations incorporate the Beaver County Youth Football League, Aliquippa Little Quip’s football organization, and the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers.
In addition to being honored by his alma mater, Robert Morris University, as a 2012 Hometown Hero for his outstanding service; Mayor Walker has been the recipient of such prestigious awards as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Coordinator Award,” Citations from The House of Representatives and The Senate of Pennsylvania, Dignity and Respect champion award, The Jefferson Award for Community Service, The 50 Men of Excellence Award, The Black History Achievement Award, and The Dare To Dream Award. With 39,553 votes to his credit, Mayor Walker was also selected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Beaver County 2012 Delegate to the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte N.C.
Sponsored by the Government of Nigeria, in November of 2012, Mayor Walker was selected to travel with a delegation of Mayors from the United States to Enugu State, Nigeria. Their purpose was to participate in an International conference, sponsored by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria. The theme “Thinking Global and Building Local” was associated with a broader segment titled “Enhancing Intergovernmental Relations for Sustainable National Social-Economic Development.”
As he loves his two beautiful daughters, Aryonna, (age 15) and Aliah (age 8) and his parents, Donald “Chuckie” and Sharon “Chedda” Walker; Mayor Walker’s passion extends to his public family. He loves his community and its residents with heart, soul and respect. He regularly greets his residents with a warm hug and a concerned “hello family.” The Honorable Mayor, Dwan B. Walker and his administration have dedicated their efforts to creating a transparent government with a theme of “One Aliquippa, All Hands On Deck.”