Carney’s chief of staff leaving post for new job

DOVER — Gov. John Carney will soon have a new chief of staff. Although the announcement represents the biggest shakeup since the governor took office in January 2017, in practice it should not represent a big change.

Doug Gramiak is departing his position at the end of the month to join the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, the governor’s office said Wednesday. Deputy Chief of Staff Sheila Grant, who has served as one of Gov. Carney’s closest advisers for several years, will assume the role of chief of staff once he leaves.

Gov. John Carney

Mr. Gramiak has held the position since Gov. Carney was sworn in in January 2017. He previously spent eight years with Gov. Carney when he served as lieutenant governor and another four years when the governor sat in the U.S. House.

Ms. Grant has worked for Gov. Carney since 2011, when he was in Congress, and served as chief of staff for the last 18 months of his tenure in Washington.

“Sheila has been a critical member of our team since I became governor in 2017, and before that in our congressional office,” Gov. Carney said in a statement. “She has the experience and the judgment necessary to lead a dedicated staff in the governor’s office, and to help confront the challenges we face as a state. Sheila is the right person for the job.”

The governor’s policy and communications directors will assume new responsibilities as a result of the change as well.

According to state payroll data, Mr. Gramiak made about $138,000 in 2018, while Ms. Grant was paid nearly $120,000.

Drinker Biddle, which has offices in 12 cities, trumpeted its new hire.

“Doug is well respected in Delaware, and he will enhance our consulting services capabilities, including providing communications, government relations and strategic advice,” Thomas McGonigle, the regional partner in charge of the firm’s Wilmington office and the chief of staff to then Gov. Jack Markell from 2008 to 2012, said in a statement.

“Having served in key strategic roles at the highest levels, coupled with his extensive communications experience, Doug brings a unique and dynamic perspective that will bolster our service offerings to the firm’s clients.”

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