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Carney offers first cabinet position nominations

Megan Pauly
Delaware Public Media

Governor-elect John Carney (D-Delaware) will bridge the gap between administrations by holding over at least two key cabinet secretaries from his one-time political rival.

Carney says he will nominate current Secretary of State Jeff Bullock and Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan to their respective positions come January.


Bullock has overseen Delaware’s largest agency in terms of bureaucratic size since Gov. Jack Markell (D) nominated him in 2009.


Before that, he worked in top-level positions for former governors Ruth Ann Minner and Tom Carper.


Cohan took over DelDOT in 2015 after leading the Department of Motor Vehicles, with past stints in the Controller General’s office and DNREC.


Carney nominated Deputy Controller General Mike Jackson to head his budget team, which will be a critical position as Delaware faces a projected revenue shortfall north of $160 million.


Perry Phelps, who is second-in-command of the Department of Correction, was also tapped to lead that agency.


Carney also recently announced Danielle Gibbs as his chief legal counsel and former News Journal political reporter Jonathan Starkey as his communications director.


State senators must still confirm all cabinet nominations when the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 10.

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