Carney names three more cabinet nominees

Kara Odom Walker


Anas Ben Addi

DOVER — Gov.-elect John Carney on Friday announced three additional picks for his cabinet, leaving five spots left to be filled.

Kara Odom Walker was nominated to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, Josette Manning was named the nominee for secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families and Anas Ben Addi was re-appointed to be the director of the Delaware State Housing Authority.

Confirmation hearings before the Senate are planned for Jan. 18.

Dr. Walker is currently the deputy chief science officer at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit in Washington that was created by Congress. She graduated from Caravel Academy, the University of Delaware and Jefferson Medical College.

“Kara has deep knowledge about how our health care system works and knows how important that access to quality, affordable health care is for all Delawareans,” Gov.-elect Carney said in a statement. “She will help us reduce the cost of health care, increase access for Delaware families to quality care and improve treatment options for mental health and substance abuse. She will be an important member of the team, and I’m thrilled to have her onboard.”

DHSS provides social services, such as Medicaid, substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Kids’ Department nominee Josette Manning has been a prosecutor for the Delaware Department of Justice for 16 years and currently works as director of the Special Victims Unit, overseeing prosecution of all child abuse, child death and sex crime cases statewide.

Previously, as Chief New Castle County Prosecutor, she created the Department of Justice’s first unit dedicated solely to the prosecution of homicides.

“Josette has defended Delaware’s children as a prosecutor, and I’m confident she has the leadership skills and experience necessary to make the right decisions on behalf of children in Delaware who have experienced abuse, abandonment and neglect,” the governor-elect said. “She will take the lead on coordinating services for children and families who are most at risk, ensure that appropriate treatment options exist and help us prevent abuse of Delaware’s children in the first place.”

Anas Ben Addi, who has led the Delaware State Housing Authority since 2009, will continue in that role, helping Delawareans obtain affordable housing.

“All Delawareans deserve to live in safe neighborhoods,” Gov.-elect Carney said. “Anas has demonstrated leadership during his tenure at DSHA, helping more Delawareans access quality, affordable housing and helping launch new initiatives that are improving communities up and down our state. He is the right person to continue and help us expand on that work.”

Gov.-elect Carney begins Jan. 17. He has yet to select people to lead the National Guard, Department of Agriculture, Delaware Economic Development Office, Department of Labor and Department of Safety & Homeland Security.

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