David P. Shields joined Acacia Financial Group in 2012 as a Senior Vice President of Local Government Services. Mr. Shields brings forty plus years in various public management positions including a township committeeman to West Deptford Township (New Jersey) from 1979 through 2002 as well as serving the mayoral seat for the township committee from 1983 through 2002. Mr. Shields served as West Deptford Township’s School Board President from 1976 to 1979. At the Gloucester County Utilities Authority he served as Commissioner from 1985 through 1989, and also as Chairman to that Authority from 1990 through 2011. Mr. Shields was a member of the Executive Board for the New Jersey League of Municipalities from 1992 to 1999.
He has gained extensive planning and construction management expertise through Bell Atlantic from 1968 to 1994 and the Delaware River Port Authority from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Shields served as the Executive Director of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority from 1996 through 2011, managing the financial sustainability and operational continuity of a solid waste disposal facility, nursing home, child development center and equestrian facility. Mr. Shields managed oversight of building projects including courthouse facilities, inner city parking garage, public library and other various structures as well as an equestrian center and initial development phases of a port on the Delaware River in Gloucester County. Mr. Shields if the CEO-CFO of his business and site development consulting company, EAGLE VI, LLC, which was founded in 1998. He currently holds a New Jersey Real Estate license. He has achieved several certifications including assessor certifications for appraisals, property tax administration and income approaches to valuation certification for real estate.
Mr. Shields brings to the firm his broad experience in financial and budget management as well as long-range planning and public management experience. Mr. Shields earned a BA in Political Science from Glassboro State College and has also completed a range of construction administration, management and engineering studies through Temple and Rutgers Universities.