Carney picks new finance secretary

 

DOVER — Gov.-elect John Carney named current Deputy Secretary of State Rick Geisenberger the next secretary of finance Thursday. He also announced his intention to keep James Collins as head of the Department of Technology and Information.

Mr. Geisenberger currently manages the Division of Corporations, which he has run since 2001. He was economic policy adviser under Gov. Tom Carper in the 1990s.

The secretary of finance is responsible for collecting taxes and overseeing the state’s finances. The current officeholder, Tom Cook, has held the position since 2009.

“Rick has a record of achievement at the Department of State, as well as the knowledge and experience to help move Delaware’s economy forward,” Gov.-elect Carney said in a statement. “He will be a leading voice as we confront Delaware’s financial challenges, protect taxpayer dollars and make smart investments for the people of Delaware. I’m thrilled to have him on board.”

Rick Geisenberger

Mr. Collins, who became the chief information officer in 2014, advises the governor on technology and runs DTI. Before joining the agency, he was the deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jack Markell, and he has previously been the deputy secretary of state.

James Collins

“James will help us use technology to make government smarter, operate more efficiently and improve the lives of people who live and work in our state,” Gov.-elect Carney said. “His experience inside of state government and in the private sector also offers a unique perspective that will help us foster innovation here in Delaware, create jobs and grow our economy.”

Cabinet nominees will be voted on by the Senate next month.

Gov.-elect Carney previously named people to head the departments of State, Transportation and Correction, as well as the Office of Management and Budget.

He will be inaugurated Jan. 17 at 11 in front of Legislative Hall, with a formal celebration scheduled for that night.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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