Carney names three more nominees for cabinet

Robert Coupe

Michael Scuse

DOVER — Gov.-elect John Carney named three more people to his cabinet Friday, leaving only one agency left. Current Secretary of Labor Patrice Gilliam-Johnson will continue in that role, while Correction Commissioner Robert Coupe will move to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and former Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse will return.

Ms. Gilliam-Johnson, who was named the secretary of labor last year, will help guide the department through an investigation into allegations of discrimination, which it began looking into in 2015.

“I take concerns about discrimination very seriously and will take steps as governor to combat discrimination across government,” Gov.-elect Carney said in a statement. “I am grateful to Secretary Gilliam-Johnson for her work in continuing to help address these issues.”

Mr. Coupe, head of the Department of Correction since 2013, is a former state trooper and state police superintendent.

“There is no one better prepared to address Delaware’s crime problems, and protect the safety of Delaware residents, than Rob,” Gov.-elect Carney said. “He is well-respected across government and across our state. His unique combination of experience, leading the Delaware State Police and our correctional system, will serve Delawareans well. I’m thrilled he has agreed to join the team.”

Mr. Scuse was secretary of agriculture from 2001 to 2008 under Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. He has served as acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture since March 2016.

“Agriculture is crucially important to our economy and way of life, particularly in southern Delaware,” Gov.-elect Carney said. “Over the next four years, we’ll take action to preserve Delaware’s farmland, help farmers better protect our environment and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens to help smaller farmers succeed. Michael is uniquely qualified to lead that work.”

Nominees have now been announced for 15 of 16 posts, with the Delaware Economic Development Office as the lone holdout. Gov.-elect Carney, who will be sworn in Tuesday, is due to make an announcement about that office next week.

Nominees will appear before the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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