Delaware labor secretary McMahon to retire

WILMINGTON — Delaware’s Secretary of Labor John McMahon will step down soon, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

Mr. McMahon, who took office in 2009 and has been the only labor secretary during Gov. Jack Markell’s administration, plans to retire to spend more time with his family. An effective date, and a nominee to replace him, will be announced soon.

“John’s work has driven tremendous progress throughout the Department of Labor, while dealing with the unprecedented demands for department services during a time when so many workers needed assistance as a result of the Great Recession,” Gov. Markell said in a statement.

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“Importantly, he has also played a vital role in helping our state tap into the talents of groups who were too often unable to access the employment opportunities they deserved, from recently returning veterans to people with disabilities. I am grateful for John’s passionate service and wish him and his family the best in everything…”

Mr. McMahon helped improve Delaware’s online resources to allow employees and workers to connect with greater ease. More than 60 percent of Delawareans who use the services of the Division of Employment and Training find employment within 90 days, the governor’s office said.

Under his tenure, the unemployment rate for veterans ages 18 to 34 has dropped from 14.5 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2014, the department has promoted hiring individuals with disabilities and workplace injuries have declined from 3,690 in 2008 to 2,860 in 2013.

“I am grateful to Gov. Markell for this incredible experience and for the chance to be part of the dedicated efforts of so many state leaders to support our citizens through both recession and recovery,” Mr. McMahon said. “While it is not easy to leave the many labor employees who work so hard every day on behalf of our state, this job demands a tremendous commitment and I feel it is necessary to step down to have more time to spend with my family.”

His replacement will be the 29th secretary to serve in the Markell administration.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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