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State Senate confirms Gov. Markell's nominees for DEDO, Family Court

Delaware Public Media

A week before the General Assembly wraps up work for the year – the state Senate gave its seal of approved Wednesday afternoon  to a pair of key nominations made recently by Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware).

Bernice Whaley was confirmed to take over the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO).  Whaley moves up from her post as Deputy Economic Development Director under current DEDO chief Alan Levin.  Levin announced in late April he’s leaving Markell’s cabinet at the end of this month. 

Whaley’s been with DEDO since 2009 – joining the office shortly after Levin took over.  Whaley also worked for Levin at Happy Harry’s drugstore chain - serving as vice president of distribution and inventory management.

?"Bernice has a proven track record of successfully supporting and growing businesses in Delaware. Equally important, she is committed to strengthening the state she feels has given her so many opportunities, both professionally and personally," said Markell in a statement after the confirmation vote.

The State Senate Wednesday also confirmed Markell’s choice to fill a vacant seat on Delaware Family Court - Felice Kerr.

Kerr replaces Judge Michael Newell, who was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Family Court earlier this month.

"Felice Kerr has spent her legal career focused on supporting Delaware families – experience that will serve her well as she assumes the role of a Family Court Judge," said Markell in a separate statement following her confirmation.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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