Carney appoints Gramiak as chief of staff

DOVER — Longtime aide Doug Gramiak will serve as gubernatorial chief of staff, Gov.-elect John Carney announced Wednesday.

“Being chief of staff may be the hardest job in state government, and it’s certainly one of the most important,” Gov.-elect Carney said, “He brings both the political and policy skills we need to put into action our plans to create jobs and improve our schools. And he’ll be a real asset in working with the legislature as we move quickly to address our state’s budget challenges.”

Mr. Gramiak is a former executive director of Education Voters of Delaware, a non-profit advocacy group created to build community support for public education. He currently works at Young Conaway Public Strategies LLC. He previously worked as the political editor at The News Journal after starting his career as a sports writer and editorial editor at the Delaware County Daily Times in Pennsylvania. He previously served as chief of staff from 2001 to 2009 in then-Rep. Carney’s congressional office.

Mr. Gramiak is a graduate of Swarthmore College. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Carter and Margo.

John Carney makes remarks at a statewide Democratic Party election gathering at the Wilmington Doubletree Hotel on Tuesday. (Special to Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

John Carney makes remarks at a statewide Democratic Party election gathering at the Wilmington Doubletree Hotel on Tuesday. (Special to Delaware State News/Doug Curran)

Gov.-elect Carney also announced that Sheila Grant will serve as deputy chief of staff. Ms. Grant currently serves as chief of staff in the congressman’s Washington office.

“As my chief of staff in Washington, Sheila has been involved in the most important challenges facing our state,” he said.

A native of Wilmington, Ms. Grant is a graduate of Ursuline Academy. She has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public management from Johns Hopkins University.  She joined the staff in 2011 and also served as an aide with Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
A transition website for the Carney administration is in the works.

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