Governor Carney Announces Re-Appointment of Judge Witham to Delaware Superior Court

Nomination must be approved by the Delaware Senate

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Saturday announced his nomination to re-appoint Judge William L. Witham Jr. to the Delaware Superior Court, as Resident Judge for Kent County.

The Delaware Senate must approve Judge Witham’s nomination.

“Judge Witham has served the State of Delaware with distinction,” said Governor Carney. “I am pleased he has agreed to continue his service, and look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

The Honorable William L. Witham Jr. became an Associate Judge of the Delaware Superior Court in February 1999. He was appointed Kent County Resident Judge in January 2005.

Click here for Judge Witham’s full bio.

Governor Carney’s Statement on Artificial Island Project Recommendations

WILMINGTON, Del.Governor John Carney issued the following statement on recommendations Friday from the PJM Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee:

“This project, as currently financed, would place an unjust burden on Delaware residential and industrial ratepayers. Delaware businesses and families would see higher monthly electric bills, and receive next to nothing in return in the way of a direct benefit. I intend to work with members of Delaware’s federal delegation, the Public Service Commission, our Public Advocate, and the General Assembly to oppose the current cost allocation as set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is not a good deal for Delaware.”

Governor Carney Signs Order Creating Uniform Anti-Discrimination Policy

Executive Order will result in a uniform policy by April 1

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday signed Executive Order Six, establishing a uniform anti-discrimination policy across state government.

Creation of a consistent anti-discrimination policy was a recommendation of the Action Plan for Delaware, the report submitted to Governor Carney by his Transition Team.

The executive order signed by Governor Carney on Wednesday calls for the creation of a new policy by April 1.

“I am committed to building a state government that is representative of all of the people we serve,” said Governor Carney. “It’s important that we root out both explicit and implicit acts of discrimination. This executive order is an important first step that will lead to a consistent process for identifying and eliminating discrimination across all agencies of state government.”

The uniform policy will include statewide anti-discrimination guidelines and complaint procedures to be followed by each Executive Branch Agency.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable, and this executive order is a critical first step to making sure that happens,” said Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “We must do everything in our power to uplift and support an environment of equality, tolerance and fairness and prevent discrimination and racism from happening.”

“Today, with the signing of this executive order, our State takes a positive step forward,” said Hanifa Shabazz, President, Wilmington City Council and Chair of the Delaware Black Caucus. “We applaud Governor Carney for his commitment and action toward establishing a work environment where individuals are treated with respect and dignity, free from harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. Today, also sends a strong message to the victims – those that came forward to file complaints and those that chose to remain silent – their voices have been heard and Delaware will be a better place to work because of them.”

“We must work to change the workplace culture in Delaware so it is one that promotes fair and equal opportunities as well as a safe place for those to share their opinion without fear of discrimination. I have hope that Governor Carney’s executive order will move us forward,” said State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden, D-Wilmington East, treasurer of the Delaware Black Caucus.

Governor Carney Reestablishes the Family Services Cabinet Council

Council will help coordinate crucial public and private services for Delaware families

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney signed Executive Order Five on Tuesday, reestablishing the Family Services Cabinet Council to help coordinate public and private services for Delaware families.

Delaware families continue to face significant challenges – including the high cost of child care; violence and poverty in their neighborhoods; the impact of caring for an aging family member; and the challenges of navigating an economy in transition. The Family Services Cabinet Council will be charged with coordinating public and private services that are often fragmented, and proposing changes to current programs to make the delivery of state services more effective.

Governor Carney will serve as chair of the Council.

Reestablishment of the Council, which was first established under Governor Tom Carper, was an action called for by Governor Carney’s Transition Team in their Action Plan for Delaware. The Council also will work closely with the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board (GEAR), which Governor Carney created this month to identify cost savings and efficiencies in state government, and to more effectively operate state programs and services.

“Our challenge is to determine whether the programs and services we offer are effective in moving families out of poverty, improving our system of education and creating opportunities for all Delaware families to succeed,” said Governor Carney. “That requires all of us – government agencies, nonprofits and private business – to work together. That also requires that we measure our progress. The reestablishment of the Family Services Cabinet Council will help us do just that, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of Delaware families.”

The Council will be tasked with implementing innovative tools and strategies for addressing a series of specific issues, including: breaking the school-to-prison pipeline; improving access to early childhood education; increasing the availability of affordable housing; improving access to substance abuse treatment; reducing recidivism in Delaware’s correctional system; expanding job training opportunities; and reducing violence in Delaware’s neighborhoods.

The Council will include eight members of Governor Carney’s Cabinet – the Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families; the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services; the Secretary of the Department of Education; the Secretary of the Department of Labor; the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security; the Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and the Commissioner of the Department of Correction.

“It is our duty to ensure that our children and our families have the necessary tools to be healthy, prosperous, and safe,” said Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “The reestablishment of this Council will break down silos in state government and allow for a more collaborative and coordinated approach to address some of the most critical issues we face, so that every Delawarean has a fair shot.”

Statement from Governor John Carney on Bomb Threats to Siegel JCC

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney released the following statement after a bomb threat to Siegel Jewish Community Center in Wilmington was cleared:

“The continued bomb threats to Siegel JCC must stop. These hateful actions place a shadow over our state and country. Our law enforcement officials will continue to work diligently to find the individuals responsible and hold them accountable.”