Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Anthony Albence as Election Commissioner

Nomination must be approved by the Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday announced his intention to nominate Anthony Albence as Delaware’s next Election Commissioner.

The position, which oversees Delaware’s elections operations, carries a four-year term. The Delaware Senate is expected to consider the Governor’s nomination this month. Albence would replace Elaine Manlove, who has served in the position since 2007.

“For more than a decade, Anthony has directed our elections operations in New Castle County, and I’m confident that he has the skills and experience necessary to serve as Delaware’s next Election Commissioner,” said Governor Carney. “This is an important position that helps safeguard our elections, and make sure that all Delawareans have access to the voting booth. I want to thank Elaine Manlove for her service to our state, and I look forward to the Senate considering this nomination.”

Since 2007, Albence has served as County Director at the Delaware Department of Elections, overseeing staff and operations in New Castle County. In that position, he coordinated with the Election Commissioner on policy initiatives, and led community outreach programs for the department. Previously, Albence served as Director of Public Allies Delaware, and as a training specialist at Catholic Youth Ministry in Wilmington.

As Election Commissioner, Albence would direct the operations of the Department of Elections, investigate potential violations of campaign finance laws, and collect and report on election results.

Albence graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, and earned his master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware.


Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Meghan Adams as Superior Court Judge

Adams’ nomination must be approved by the Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate Delaware attorney Meghan Adams as a Superior Court Judge in New Castle County.

The Delaware Senate is expected to consider the Governor’s nomination of Adams this month.

“I am pleased to nominate Meghan, whose experience, judgment and temperament would serve our state well on the Superior Court,” said Governor Carney. “I look forward to the Senate considering her nomination.”

Since July 2014, Adams has practiced at the Delaware law firm Morris James LLP, where her focus is on corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the U.S. District of Delaware. Previously, Adams was associated with Proctor Heyman, and Chimicles & Tikellis.

A graduate of Dover High School, Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Adams earned her law degree from the Delaware Law School at Widener University.


Governor Carney Announces Nomination of Michael W. Arrington as Family Court Judge

Arrington’s nomination must be approved by the Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday announced his intention to nominate Delaware attorney Michael W. Arrington to serve as a Family Court Judge. Members of the Delaware Senate must vote to confirm Governor Carney’s nomination.

Arrington would replace retiring Judge Barbara Crowell.

“I am pleased to nominate Michael Arrington to serve on the Family Court bench,” said Governor Carney. “Michael has earned the respect of Delaware’s legal community up and down our state, worked in Family Court, and has specific experience in family law that will serve our state well. I look forward to the Senate considering his nomination.”

Arrington is Managing Partner of the Delaware law firm Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze. He has a litigation and appellate practice, with a focus on family law. From 1992-2000, he served as Director of Special Court Services for the Family Court.

Arrington holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College, and a graduate degree from Villanova University. He earned his law degree from the Widener University School of Law.


Governor Carney to Nominate Claire DeMatteis as DOC Commissioner

DeMatteis has helped lead reform efforts at Department of Correction

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Claire DeMatteis – a former senior counsel to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden – as the next Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction.

The nomination will require approval by the Delaware Senate. DeMatteis would replace Commissioner Perry Phelps, who will retire on July 15. DeMatteis would be the first female Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction.

“For much of the last two years, Claire has worked side-by-side with Commissioner Phelps to lead reform efforts at the Department of Correction – to make our facilities safer, to invest in new equipment and training, and to recruit correctional officers to do one of the toughest jobs in state government,” said Governor Carney. “Over three decades of experience in government and the private sector, Claire has worked closely with community leaders, legislators and law enforcement officials and has earned their respect and trust. I have full confidence that Claire’s experience and leadership qualities will serve our state well at the Department of Correction. I look forward to the Senate considering her nomination.”

In June 2017, Governor Carney appointed DeMatteis to serve as his Special Assistant at the Department of Correction. In that role, DeMatteis worked alongside Commissioner Phelps, and led implementation of Governor Carney’s plan following the Independent Review into the events of February 1, 2017 at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Governor Carney’s plan included a 22 percent increase in starting pay for correctional officers; significant investments in new technology, equipment and training; the creation of a Labor-Management Committee to more effectively recruit officers and decrease mandatory overtime; and renewed efforts to help inmates successfully re-enter their communities.

Currently, DeMatteis is serving as Special Assistant coordinating comprehensive re-entry initiatives across six state agencies, including the Departments of Correction, Education, Labor, and Health and Social Services.

“If confirmed by the State Senate, I look forward to working with the women and men of the Delaware Department of Correction to continue to strengthen safety and security, officer recruitment and retention, and programming and services for inmates, as well as implement a coordinated path of services from an offender’s entry into prison through release back into our communities,” said DeMatteis. “It would be an honor to lead the state’s largest law enforcement agency of dedicated correctional officers and probation and parole officers.”

The Delaware Senate is expected to consider Governor Carney’s nomination of DeMatteis this month.

From 2008-2016, DeMatteis served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of two multi-billion dollar corporations. Previously, DeMatteis spent four years at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, a Mid-Atlantic law firm with offices in Wilmington. She was partner in charge of the firm’s Delaware office from 2007-2008.

During her decade working as senior counsel for then-Senator Biden, from 1994-2004, DeMatteis served as a member of a senior team on issues involving law enforcement, women’s rights, civil rights and constitutional matters. She helped guide campaign strategy, managed constituent communications and drafted legislation.

Most recently, DeMatteis served in a senior role at the Delaware Department of Labor, where she helped navigate a resolution to the recent data breach at the department, keeping the media, public and legislators well informed on the state’s response and structural reforms to prevent future breaches. DeMatteis began her career working in the Delaware State Senate from 1984-1987 as a Page and Calendar Clerk. She has served state elected officials from both parties, including as legal assistant to then-Governor Mike Castle.

DeMatteis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and holds a law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School.



Governor Carney Announces Appointments of Student, Teacher to State Board of Education

Appointments will bring new perspective, ideas to board

WILMINGTON, Del. — Governor John Carney has appointed a former State Teacher of the Year and a rising high school senior to serve on the State Board of Education.

Lea Wainwright, Delaware’s 2014 State Teacher of the Year, and Dorcas Olatunji, a Charter School of Wilmington student, will serve on the board until July 1, 2020.

“Educators and Delaware students should always have a seat at the table when we make big decisions that affect schools in our state,” said Governor John Carney. “That’s why I am pleased to announce these two appointments to the State Board of Education. Lea and Dorcas will bring valuable experience and perspective to the board, and I want to thank both for their willingness to serve.”

The new non-voting seats were approved by the General Assembly last year with the passage of House Bill 455. Beginning this year, the Governor will annually appoint to the board an 11th or 12th grade student and a former State Teacher of the Year who also is a current educator.

Wainwright is a French teacher at Appoquinimink School District’s Everett Meredith Middle School. She earned her undergraduate degree in French from the University of Delaware. She earned a Masters of Education in educational technology and a Doctor of Education in leadership and innovation from Wilmington University.

Olatunji ha extensive volunteering and extracurricular experience, including involvement in the YMCA National Advocacy Program and Youth in Government (YIG), in which she served as a YIG Youth Leadership Committee member. Among other work, she helped develop a carpool app to help youth find rides to volunteering and activities. She also spearheaded the “Prejudgment Project” to “find ways to turn inevitable negative first impressions into positive ways that would bring people together.”

Olatunji was selected from a competitive and diverse pool of applicants representing all three counties in the state as well as traditional, vocational technical and charter schools.

“We are excited to welcome Dorcas Olatunji and Lea Wainwright to the State Board of Education. Both members will provide a valuable perspective on policies and programs impacting students and educators and we look forward to their contributions,” said Whitney Sweeney, President of the State Board of Education.

The board’s regular monthly meetings are open to the public, typically scheduled for the third Thursday evening of the month. The Board rotates its meetings to be held in all three counties.


Photo of Lea Wainwright is available here.
Photo of Dorcas Olatunji is available here.