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.

New Division of Revenue Director Appointed

David Gregor has been appointed the new Director of Revenue for the State of Delaware, effective Monday, January 9, 2017.  Mr. Gregor has been with the Department of Finance for more than 29 years, most recently serving as the Deputy Secretary of Finance – a position he’s held since August of 2010. He has been responsible for policy development, financial analysis, as well as public affairs and communications for the department; including, but not limited to, tax, debt and infrastructure investment policies, and the management of the annual revenue stream in excess of $2.8 billion.

Mr. Gregor’s significant contributions the Department of Finance include providing analytic and strategic support to the Secretary – including public review of the State’s revenue system covering portfolio risks and economic competitiveness, producing recommendations that formed the basis for legislation that contained the most significant corporate income tax amendments in decades. He was responsible for modernizing the State’s primary economic development tax credit program in order to provide larger and better targeted incentives – at zero cost to the State. He has led the Division of Revenue through a thorough review of personal income tax processing methods, and ultimately reduced refund processing times by 30%. He also facilitated the efforts of tax administrators, industry executives and elected officials in the amendment of gross receipts tax, which led to the reopening of a shuttered refinery and the restoration of 800 jobs.

Since August 2013, Mr. Gregor has simultaneously served as State Escheator, managing all aspects of Unclaimed Property – the state’s third largest revenue source, with a staff of more than 20 employees and on-site contractors responsible for the administration of a $500 million revenue source. He led the team in a fourfold increase in claims paid, and the annual return of $100 million in assets to the property owners. He championed the implementation of a state of the art unclaimed property system enhancing internal controls, processing efficiencies, operational reporting and web-based functionality for owners and holders. This has resulted in a fivefold increase in claims submissions, and allowed for online filing of annual holder reports.

He has led or participated in the preparation of the State’s General Fund revenue forecast, and functioned as a tax policy analyst. Mr. Gregor previously managed the Bureau of Business Tax Systems, overseeing a staff of 20 responsible for processing and reconciling business license, gross receipts and withholding tax payments. He established performance measures for the new withholding computer system and identified causes of processing delays and managed the elimination of a multi-year backlog resulting in over $1 million in assessments He has also served as Executive Assistance to the Secretary of Finance with responsibility for a $35 million budget covering three operating divisions and department-wide information technology capital plan, and contributed to the development of statewide financial policies, including legged payroll, collection and write-off practices, and proper use of surplus state funds.

“David has a deep commitment to delivering efficient and effective services to Delaware’s taxpayers,” said Finance Secretary Tom Cook. “With his experience in finance, and his outstanding management skills, I am confident he can guide the Division of Revenue to new and even higher standards.”

Michael J. Wolf Named Delaware Director of Forensic Science

Dover, DE – Today Lewis D. Schiliro, Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, announced the appointment of Michael J. Wolf as Delaware’s Director of Forensic Science.  Director Wolf, who will manage the overall operation of the Division of Forensic Science (DFS), is filling a new position created during the legislative reorganization of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner last year.

“Director Wolf brings the administrative and leadership skills needed to work through the many challenges facing this new division.  His experience working with three other states to manage forensic science labs and solve problems similar to those discovered in our state last year will help the division fulfill its critical mission supporting our criminal justice community,” Gov. Jack Markell said.

Director Wolf, who recently concluded a Special Inquiry for the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office, has extensive experience managing turnarounds in state forensic drug laboratories.  Working in Massachusetts for the past two years, Wolf has provided assistance and guidance in the inquiry of a state forensic drug laboratory that was closed following reports of serious malfeasance, flawed analytical practices, failures in conducting tests, reporting results, and tampering with certain drug samples to render positive results.

In Connecticut, he served on the Governor’s Forensic Laboratory Working Group analyzing audit reports, developing remedial strategies and making recommendations to resolve 100 non-compliance findings that resulted in the revocation of the laboratory’s accreditation. In North Carolina while serving as Special Inquiry, he reviewed over 6,000 questionable cases, uncovered documentation discrepancies and vulnerabilities and offered recommendations that enhanced reporting accuracy.

“Mike’s solid background in management coupled with his wide-ranging knowledge of forensic science labs is exactly what Delaware needs at this time. He will most certainly provide the leadership necessary to support the new structure of the DFS organization as well as to ensure the success of all disciplines within the Division,” Sec. Schiliro said.

Director Wolf holds a Masters of Science in Forensic Science from George Washington University and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and General Science from Villanova University. He also is a retired FBI Agent.

“I am looking forward to working collaboratively with laboratory personnel and department management in bringing the division forward as a state of the art forensic operation,” Director Wolf said.