Governor Announces Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission Membership & Meetings

Governor signs HJR 2, creating the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission; first meeting set for February 10, 2015

Wilmington, DE – Governor Jack Markell today announced the membership and the preliminary meeting schedule of the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. The Governor also announced that the Department of Safety and Homeland Security has hired two leading public safety consultants to assist the work of the Commission.

Announced during the Governor’s State of the State address, the group is tasked with carrying out a rapid, fact-based, intensive examination of public safety strategies in the City and offering recommendations to address Wilmington’s significant problem with violent crime.

The Commission was established by House Joint Resolution No. 2, which was sponsored by the entire Wilmington delegation of the General Assembly and co-sponsored by all other members of the legislature. HJR 2 passed the House and Senate last week and was signed by the Governor on January 29, 2015.

Lew Schiliro, Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and Joseph Bryant, Jr., Director of Public Safety for New Castle County, will lead the Commission. Other members of the Commission are:

  • Chief Bobby Cummings of the Wilmington Police Department, appointed by Mayor Dennis P. Williams;
  • State Prosecutor Kathy Jennings of the Attorney General’s Office, appointed by Attorney General Matt Denn;
  • Governor Markell’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Fennell, representing the Office of the Governor;
  • City resident Cassandra Marshall, representing the Wilmington community and currently President of the Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association;
  • City resident Darryl Chambers, representing the Wilmington community, and currently a researcher at the University of Delaware’s Center for Drugs and Health Studies;
  • Rick Gessner, Vice President and Delaware Market Liaison at Capital One, representing the Wilmington business community; and
  • James Wright, a retired officer of the Wilmington Police Department.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has retained the Police Foundation of Washington, D.C. and Vigilant Resources International of New York to serve as consultants and assist the Commission in its work.

The Police Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping police be more effective by working closely with police officers and agencies across the country and providing research and evaluation of police strategies. The Police Foundation’s work will be led by Jim Burch (Vice President; former Assistant Director of the ATF and Deputy Assistant Attorney General), Jim Bueerman (President; former Police Chief, Redlands, CA) and Blake Norton (Vice President; formerly of the Boston Police Department).

Vigilant Resources International assists clients with public safety analysis, strategy and capability development by drawing on years of executive, command, operational and technical experience with fighting crime. Vigilant’s work will be led by Howard Safir (CEO; former Police Commissioner of New York City); James McMahon (former Superintendent of the New York State Police; former Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police); and Sylvester Daughtry (former Executive Director of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; former President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); former Chief of Police of Greensboro, NC).

“New economic development investments, the growth of major employers, and the city’s many cultural assets are all contributing to make Wilmington a fantastic place to live and work,” said Governor Markell. “But for too long, the City has had a significant problem with violent crime. Other cities have reduced their crime rates, and Wilmington can too.

“We must do more to ensure we take the most effective approach to fighting crime. I very much appreciate the commitment of all the members of the Commission and the leadership of Lew Schiliro and Joe Bryant to fulfill that mission.”

“This Commission will undertake an intensive review of public safety strategies in the City,” said Secretary Lew Schiliro, Co-Chair of the Commission. “This is not easy, but we have a very capable commission and leading national experts helping us with this work. The Governor has made clear that crime in the City of Wilmington is a problem for everyone in Delaware, and I know all of us are committed to solutions.”

“I have been involved in policing for 39 years, and I know that with solid policing and community support, we can turn around neighborhoods and reshape lives,” said Director Joe Bryant. “This Commission can be a part of the solution and I look forward to listening to the community, to police officers, and to businesses on how we can improve public safety in the City.”

Meeting Schedule

The first meeting of the Commission will be held on Tuesday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnut Street YMCA, 1000 Walnut Street, Wilmington. Future meetings of the Commission will be finalized at that meeting, but are expected to take place on the following dates:

February 17 @ 5:30 p.m., location to be determined

March 10 @ 5:30 p.m., location to be determined

March 17 @ 5:30 p.m., location to be determined

March 31 @ 5:30 p.m., location to be determined

The Commission will receive public comment at all of its meetings, with public comment focusing on particular subjects based on the content of each meeting. People interested in providing public comment should watch the state’s public meeting calendar and other notices for designations of the subject and any updates to the dates and times of particular meetings.



U.S. Department of Labor Official To Attend State Workforce Investment Board Meeting

DOVER, DE – Eric Seleznow, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training/Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), will attend the April 8th meeting of Delaware’s Workforce Investment Board. This is an opportunity for Secretary Seleznow to share opportunities and information about new programs with federal workforce training funds. Joining him will be Regional Administrator, Lenita Jacobs-Simmons.

Most of the discussion will focus on how Delaware could make better use of federal workforce training dollars. Sec. Seleznow will be available for interviews immediately following the meeting.

At the invitation of new Board Member Lt. Governor Matt Denn, Secretary Seleznow will share successes from other states and ideas for offering programs and using federal funds here in Delaware. As the Executive Director of Governor O’Malley’s Workforce Investment Board in neighboring Maryland, Seleznow focused on increasing services to disadvantaged populations, introducing universal design principles to the state’s one stop career system, and led the cross agency effort to implement Skills2Compete Maryland, an innovative approach to measuring Marylanders’ degree, credential and basic skills attainment across a broad array of public programs. He will also share some of those successes with Delaware’s WIB.

In his current role, Secretary Seleznow focuses on two key outcomes – a properly prepared workforce to meet the current and future demands of the nation’s employers, and providing opportunities for all Americans to succeed in the 21st-century workforce. Prior to this assignment, he served as the State Policy Director with the National Skills Coalition, where he worked with many states and diverse stakeholders to strengthen state workforce policies. His official CV may be found here:

The Delaware Workforce Investment Board, chaired by Gary Stockbridge, ensures the citizens of Delaware are provided with occupational training and employment service opportunities to help them achieve employment sustaining them and their families. They also seek to communicate with their business industry partners to provide them with qualified workers to meet their employment needs. The DWIB also has a very active Youth Council that has oversight for programs designed specifically to help Delaware’s at-risk and neediest youth prepare for the workforce.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
9:00am – 11:00am

Delaware Workforce Investment Board
Goodwill of Delaware – Community Room
300 East Lea Boulevard

Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet April 19 in Wilmington

(April 4, 2013) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 19, at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Topics on the agenda include:

·               Call to order, introductions 

·               Public comments (20minute cap, priority given to written comments)  

·               Approval of minutes from January 24, 2013 meeting 

·               Bottle fee collection update 

·               Carpet Recycling Strategy Subcommittee meeting report out 

·               Universal Recycling Grant applications 

·               Recycling market update 

·               Old/new business  

·               Additional public comments 

·               Next meeting: May 23, 2013, DelDOT Felton/Farmington Room, Dover DE 19901 

·                     Adjourn

The Recycling Public Advisory Council was enacted into state law by Senate Bill 234 in May 2010 and charged with advising the Governor’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on all aspects of recycling, including development of grant criteria and selection of applications; a methodology for measuring recycling rates; and possible outreach activities designed to achieve higher recycling rates.

For more information on the Recycling Public Advisory Council, please visit

For more information or for directions to the meeting location, please contact Bill Miller, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section at 302-739-9403.

Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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