Governor Carney’s Statement on Senate Confirmations

“Thank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for confirming a group of dedicated public servants to positions in my Cabinet. Together, we will work to improve our public education system; make common-sense criminal justice reforms; invest in Delaware’s agricultural industry; expand broadband access; make affordable housing more accessible; and continue to make investments that modernize our Delaware National Guard.”

The Delaware Senate voted to confirm the following nominees to Governor Carney’s Cabinet on Wednesday:

Photo of Brigadier General Carol A. TimmonsBrigadier General Carol A. Timmons was confirmed as the next Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. General Timmons will replace Lieutenant General Francis D. Vavala, who will retire effective January 31 after nearly 50 years of service. He has led the Delaware National Guard as Adjutant General since 1999.

General Carol A. Timmons is currently the Assistant Adjutant General responsible for leading the Delaware Air National Guard, commanding an authorized force of 1,100 Airmen and ensuring that all Guard Airmen are trained, organized and equipped to support federal and state missions.

General Timmons has served as a member of the Delaware National Guard for 39 years, serving as a pilot in both the Delaware Army National Guard and the Delaware Air National Guard.

She is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. In 2008, she earned a Bronze Star for her service commanding a combat deployment to Afghanistan.

General Timmons will become Delaware’s first female Adjutant General, with responsibility for preparing the Delaware National Guard to support both federal and state missions.


Photo of Secretary Ben AddiAnas Ben Addi was confirmed to continue serving as Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority, a housing finance and community development agency that ensures that Delawareans have access to quality, affordable housing and oversees community and neighborhood revitalization efforts statewide.

Ben Addi was first nominated by Governor Jack Markell and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in 2009 to lead DSHA. During his time as Director, Ben Addi has helped launch and implement the State Rental Assistance Program, which helps Delawareans who require supportive services to live safely and independently in their communities.

He also has expanded access to DSHA’s low-cost mortgage programs and led efforts to drive private investment in Delaware’s downtown areas through the Downtown Development Districts program.



Image of Susan Bunting Department of Education SecretaryDr. Susan Bunting was confirmed as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, overseeing Delaware’s public school system and serving as an education policy adviser to the Governor.

Since 2006, Dr. Bunting has been Superintendent of the Indian River School District, one of the state’s largest school districts serving more than 10,000 students. Dr. Bunting has worked at Indian River since 1977, first as a teacher, and later as the district’s Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and K-12 Director of Instruction.

In 2012, she was one of four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators’ National Superintendent of the Year award. Dr. Bunting earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Delaware.



Photo of Robert CoupeRobert Coupe was confirmed as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the agency with responsibility for protecting the safety and welfare of all Delawareans, overseeing the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, among other divisions.

Coupe has served as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction since 2013, having been appointed by Governor Jack Markell and confirmed by the Delaware Senate. In his current position, he oversees Delaware’s correctional system, leading an agency with 2,500 employees that supervises more than 7,000 inmates.

Previously, he spent more than 28 years at the Delaware State Police, including more than three years leading the State Police as Superintendent. During his career as a State Trooper, he worked as a Detective in the Major Crimes and Homicide units, drill instructor at the training academy, Patrol Sergeant, and Internal Affairs investigator.


Photo of CIO CollinsJames Collins
was confirmed to continue serving as Chief Information Officer at the Delaware Department of Technology and Information, overseeing the department that provides technology services to state organizations and serving as a technology adviser to the Governor.

Collins was first nominated as Chief Information Officer by Governor Jack Markell and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in 2014. During his tenure, Collins has expanded broadband services across rural areas in Delaware, helped implement the Delaware Cyber Security Advisory Council and expanded the state’s open data portal.

He previously served as Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Markell. Earlier, he was a senior consultant with Peregrine Systems and MAXIMUS Inc., implementing large-scale software projects for clients including Pepsi Bottling Group, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Collins is also an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he helped implement the Composite Healthcare System to convert from paper-based to electronic record and scheduling systems.



Photo of Michael ScuseMichael Scuse was confirmed as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, an agency that promotes and supports Delaware’s agricultural industry, oversees food inspection services to protect Delaware consumers, ensures agricultural compliance statewide, and helps conserve forest resources.

Scuse has served as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture since March 2016, helping support the national agricultural industry, promote vibrant rural communities, and open new markets for America’s farmers. Previously, Scuse was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, leading efforts to promote American agricultural products globally. From 2001 to 2008, he served Secretary of the Delaware Department of Agriculture under then-Governor Ruth Ann Minner.

Governor’s Weekly Message: Thankful For the Generous Spirit of Delawareans

Wilmington, DE – In his weekly message, Governor Markell acknowledges the giving spirit of Delawareans, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Each and every day, we have the opportunity to bring a little joy and cheer to friends, family and even to strangers,” said Governor Markell. “So, this holiday season, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your giving spirit—it keeps Delaware moving forward.”

Every week, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form. The message is available on:

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Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message: Thankful For the Generous Spirit of Delawareans

Delaware National Guard prepares to support State

TS/Hurricane Sandy Expected to Hit Delaware

This weekend the Delaware National Guard will be tracking Hurricane Sandy and planning to support the citizens of Delaware should the storm impact our state.

Typical support is evacuation, shelter, medical support and controlling access to evacuated neighborhoods and homes.

“Homeland Defense and support during natural and man-made disasters are core competencies of the National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.  “We are leaning forward to help protect the lives and property of the citizens of Delaware.”

For the past few days the Delaware National Guard has been coordinating with the Governor’s office, Delaware Emergency Management Agency and first responders from each county in the state.

Starting this weekend, the Delaware Guard’s joint operations center will be manned 24/7. This will allow coordination of a surge of personnel and equipment if needed later in the week.

The Delaware National Guard will continue to participate in daily “bridge” calls with the state to monitor the situation. Manpower and equipment will be prepositioned as needed and support coordinated through the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

In the past, the Delaware National Guard has used military vehicles to evacuate Delawareans to safety and worked with the Red Cross to set up shelters for those in need. The Guard also is able to provide potable water in times of emergency.

“We have ample vehicles, equipment and troops to help protect our citizens,” said Vavala. “But, should something catastrophic occur, we also have access to resources from other National Guards through the Emergency Management Agency Compact. Further, should another state need our help, we are able to send Delawareans to other states to assist,” he explained.

For more information contact Sgt. Wendy McDougall at 302-326-7194 or Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134.

Governor Markell’s Weekly Message: Memorial Day – Remembering Those Who Sacrifice

DOVER –  In his weekly message, Governor Markell thanks military families and focuses on the importance of remembering those who gave their lives so we could enjoy our freedom.

“This Memorial Day weekend gives us time to look forward to the new season ahead filled with family activities.  But it’s also important to pause —   to remember those families who still grieve the loss of a son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister who gave their life  so we could enjoy our freedom,” said Governor Markell.  “ So many Delaware soldiers have died while during duties in Afghanistan or Iraq.  The liberty we enjoy today was won with their blood, and we cannot honor them enough.”

At noon every Friday, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form.  The message is available on:

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Transcript of Governor Markell’s Weekly Message: Memorial Day – Remembering Those Who Sacrifice