Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health Emergency

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday formally extended the Public Health Emergency order another 30 days to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs, and issued the following statement: 

“It’s important people stay one step ahead of COVID-19,” said Governor Carney. “Keep doing the things we know that work. Stay home if you’re sick and get tested. Mask up in public indoor settings or if you are at a higher risk for illness. Get vaccinated and boosted when you’re eligible.”

Under Delaware law, Public Health Emergency declarations must be renewed every 30 days. 

Visit Governor Carney’s website to view the Public Health Emergency extension. 

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Governor Carney’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Governor John Carney’s statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“Today’s decision upends half a century of settled law, and it will lead to risk and heartache for women and families across the country. Here in Delaware, a woman’s right to choose is protected under the law, as it should be. These are deeply personal and private decisions — decisions that ought to remain in the hands of the women who have to make them.”

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Governor Carney’s Statement on Senate Confirmations of Nathan Cook, Kelly Hicks Sheridan

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday issued the following statement on the Senate’s votes to confirm the Governor’s nominations of Nathan Cook to serve as Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery and Kelly Hicks Sheridan as a Commissioner for the Family Court in New Castle County.

“I’m confident that each has the experience and judgment necessary to serve as part of Delaware’s world-class judiciary,” said Governor Carney. “I want to thank Nathan and Kelly for their willingness to serve, and members of the Delaware Senate for voting to confirm their nominations.” 

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Student State Board of Education Member Application Due June 24

The application for student membership on the Delaware State Board of Education is currently open. Application requirements and information can be found below and in the application packet.

Applicants for the student Board member position must meet the following requirements:

  • Delaware resident;
  • 11th or 12th grade student during the 2022-23 school year;
  •  Attend a public school located in the State of Delaware;
  • Committed to ensuring quality education for Delaware students;
  • In good academic and attendance standing and eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities within your school district;
  • Recommended by school staff;
  • Ability to provide your own transportation to and attend monthly State Board meetings held during this time period. Meetings are usually held at 5pm and last approximately 2-3 hours. Meeting locations rotate throughout the State of Delaware. A proposed schedule can be found here.

The student must submit a full application, including: an application form, confirmation of eligibility form, resume, and answers to essay prompts by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Questions about the application process should be directed to sbestudentapplication@delaware.gov. Information about the State Board of Education can be found on the Board’s website at: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/domain/170.


Governor Carney Announces Judicial Nominations

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday announced the following judicial nominations, which must be confirmed by the Delaware Senate:

“I want to thank these two qualified nominees for their willingness to serve the people of the State of Delaware,” said Governor Carney. “I’m confident that each has the experience and judgment necessary to serve as part of Delaware’s world-class judiciary. I look forward to the Senate considering these nominations.”

Nathan A. Cook will be nominated to serve as Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery. Cook has been litigating before the Court of Chancery for 16 years – initially at Abrams and Laster, and later at two different firms, Grant & Eisenhofer and Block & Leviton. He is currently the Managing Partner at the Delaware office of Block & Leviton. Cook received his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Virginia, and he clerked for Vice Chancellor Noble on the Court of Chancery.

Kelly Hicks Sheridan will be nominated to serve as a Commissioner for the Family Court in New Castle County. Sheridan currently serves as the Assistant Unit Head for the Juvenile Delinquency and Truancy Unit within the Delaware Department of Justice. Sheridan has worked at the Department of Justice for eight years, joining the Department after clerking for the Family Court under Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn. Her eight years of practice have focused entirely on issues that come before the Family Court. Sheridan is a graduate of Kutztown University undergraduate and Widener Law School.