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I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your next county executive. We are eager to build a team to move our county forward intelligently, with honesty and transparency. Please apply to work on our team, by submitting your cover letter and resume to

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Yours in service,

Matt Meyer

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Public Meeting Notice

The 2017 New Castle County Transition Committees will be hosting Public Meetings to solicit input and comment on these topics affecting the County:

You may bring written comments, information or reports to give to the Transition Committee for their information and consideration.

Meyer Appoints Interim New Castle County Police Chief

December 19, 2016 - New Castle County Executive-elect Matt Meyer today announced that he will appoint New Castle County Police Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. as interim Chief of Police when he takes office on January 3, 2017. Lt. Colonel Bond will succeed current Chief of Police Elmer Setting, who recently announced his retirement.

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“Lieutenant Colonel Bond is an experienced and able leader who has earned the community’s trust and the respect of his fellow officers,” Meyer said. “I look forward to working with interim Chief Bond and his command staff to build on the New Castle County Police Department's effective and innovative work to protect the community as we work together to make our county government responsive and transparent.”

Lieutenant Colonel Bond has served as Deputy Chief of Police, and second in command of the New Castle County Police Department, since being named to his current position this past July. He joined the New Castle County Police in 1991, earning promotions through the ranks and serving in supervisory and management roles for more than 13 years. He has managed the Uniform Patrol Section and the Criminal Investigative Unit and recently served in the rank of Major as Commander of the agency’s Operations Branch.

A graduate of Delaware State University, Lieutenant Colonel Bond has completed more than 2,000 hours of specialized training, including from the West Point Command and Leadership Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives. He is a highly decorated officer, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation and several letters of commendation, and was named as 1997 Crime Stoppers Detective of the Year, 1999 runner up for the Crime Stoppers Detective of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award. He has been recognized as a YMCA Black Achiever for his professional accomplishments and received the 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award by the Psi Iota Chapter of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Meyer Announces Land Use General Manager Nominee

December 15, 2016 - New Castle County Executive-elect Matt Meyer announced today that he will nominate Richard Hall, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, as General Manager of the New Castle County Department of Land Use.

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“I am thrilled that Rich has agreed to lead our land use department,” Meyer said. “Our land use department plays a vital role in limiting sprawl, job creation, preserving and expanding open space, and developing smart growth policies. We are eager to get started with Rich at the helm.”

Hall brings nearly thirty years of comprehensive planning and leadership experience in state and local government, spanning technical analysis to policy development and legislation. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning, he began his career with the Harford County, Maryland Department of Planning and Zoning, before moving to the Maryland Department of Planning in 1992, where he served in a number of progressively more responsible positions, including Secretary of the Department from 2007 to 2015. Since then, Hall has worked as a planning consultant and Executive Director of the Baltimore area’s Citizens Planning & Housing Association.

As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning and a member of former Governor Martin O’Malley’s cabinet, Hall initiated and completed a first-ever State Development Plan, a sustainable growth strategy for Maryland. He also increased the Department’s role in transportation decision-making; improved technical assistance and outreach to local governments; improved data analysis and increased its accessibility to the public, including interactive online features and social media outreach; enhanced the Department’s focus on infill development, redevelopment and revitalization; successfully advocated for legislation that enhanced Tax Increment Financing authority and strengthened comprehensive plans and the link between smart growth, historic preservation and community design; led innovative water resource and land preservation efforts; and made policy and program efforts more analysis-based, including the development and use of targeting mapping applications.

New Castle County Council will have the opportunity to approve Hall’s nomination in early 2017.

Meyer Picks Experienced Public Servants for Leadership Team.

December 7, 2016 - New Castle County Executive-elect Matt Meyer today announced his picks for three key posts in his administration. Meyer intends to nominate Brian Maxwell to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Vanessa Phillips as Director of Human Resources and has named Jason Miller as Communications Director.

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Meyer said of his pick, “Kathy’s leadership will serve our county residents well as we seek to make local government more honest, efficient and transparent.”
“I’m excited to get to work,” said Jennings. “Matt is a change agent and I look forward to creating positive change for our county.”
Meyer said of his selections, "Immediately after the election we went to work. We will be well prepared to serve the residents of New Castle County from the first day of my administration. Brian, Vanessa, and Jason will each bring unique perspectives and proven experience that will help make our county more honest, transparent, and effective.”
Maxwell is currently Director of Delaware's Office of Management and Budget, where he oversees the state's $4 billion annual operating budget and $500 million annual capital-spending budget. As a member of the Governor's cabinet, he heads an agency of more than 400 employees who are responsible for budget development, expenditure projections, facilities management, fleet services, procurement, human resources, employee benefits and pensions, and developing cost containment strategies for programs and agencies across state government. Mr. Maxwell previously served as Deputy Director (2013-2016) and the Director of Budget Development (2009-2013) at the Office of Management and Budget.
Phillips, a former Washington, D.C. prosecutor, was appointed Director of Administration for the Delaware Department of Labor in October 2015, where she was charged with improving operations related to human resources, equal employment opportunity and organizational management. Prior to her appointment, she served for three years at the Delaware Department of Transportation, including as Director of Human Resources, where she led a team of professional staff specializing in labor and employee relations, employment services, benefits and professional development.
Miller, who currently serves as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Jack Markell, brings more than fifteen years of experience developing and implementing communications strategy that engages a diverse cross section of the community, including ten years in media relations and public engagement positions in state government. He previously served as spokesperson for Attorney General Beau Biden and the Delaware Department of Justice from 2007 to 2014 before joining the Delaware Department of Correction as Chief of Media Relations from late 2014 through 2015.
New Castle County Council will have the opportunity to approve Maxwell and Phillips for their respective positions in early 2017.

Meyer Taps Kathy Jennings for Chief Administrative Officer.

November 21, 2016 - New Castle County Executive-elect, Matt Meyer named Kathy Jennings as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) today. Jennings, a State Prosecutor, will begin serving as New Castle County’s CAO when Meyer, the 45-year old teacher and small business owner, takes office on January 3rd.

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Meyer said of his pick, “Kathy’s leadership will serve our county residents well as we seek to make local government more honest, efficient and transparent.”
“I’m excited to get to work,” said Jennings. “Matt is a change agent and I look forward to creating positive change for our county.”
Attorney General Matt Denn said, “The Department of Justice is very grateful to Kathy Jennings for her service as State Prosecutor for the past five years, and wishes her good luck in her new position with New Castle County. As State Prosecutor, Kathy's years of experience as a successful prosecutor were a great benefit to the Department and to the many prosecutors for whom she served as a supervisor and mentor. We are confident she will find great success with the county.”
As a State Prosecutor for the Delaware Department of Justice, Kathy Jennings has overseen all criminal prosecutions throughout the state and has supervised a staff of more than 250 prosecutors, paralegals, investigators, social workers and administrative assistants. In her role, Jennings has collaborated with the Attorney General, General Assembly, Governor’s office and others to advocate for public interest legislation, including reforming the three strikes sentencing law. She has also worked closely with the Police Chiefs Council to institute a statewide policy for police body cameras.
Jennings has spent 16 years in private practice and 22 years in public service with the Department of Justice, including two years as Chief Deputy Attorney General, where she administered a $20 million budget and established a consumer protection division within the department. Jennings serves in a pro bono capacity on the boards of the Hope Commission and Justin's Beach House.

Meyer Names Transition Co-Chairs, Launches Transition Website

November 16, 2016 -WILMINGTON - Matt Meyer launched his transition website,, and named the Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV and Dr. Dan Freeman as his transition co-chairs today...

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“Judge Toliver and Dr. Freeman are going to help us hire the best candidates, charter effective Advisory Committees, and ensure that we are ready to lead the county starting on January 3rd,” said Meyer.

Charles H. Toliver, IV is a partner with the law firm of Morris James LLP. He is a former two-term Judge of the Delaware Superior Court, having been appointed in 1990 as an Associate Judge by Governor Michael N. Castle, and reappointed in 2002 in that capacity by Governor Thomas R. Carper. Judge Toliver formerly served as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Wilmington from 1975 to 1978. He is also a former Chairman of the Wilmington Housing Authority and has served as a member of the Delaware Public Employment Relations Board, the Delaware Violent Crimes Compensation Board, the Wilmington Pension Arbitration Board, and St. Anthony's Community Center.

Dr. Dan Freeman is Founding Director of the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Delaware. In his capacity as Founding Director, Dr. Freeman has led the development of new courses, degree programs and venture support offerings to provide world-class entrepreneurial education opportunities to all University of Delaware students. He also created the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, which was recently ranked as one of the top 20 international business competitions, and is on track to engage more than 2,000 students from 20 states and 25 countries this year. Dr. Freeman is an active member of the broader entrepreneurial community, serving as a co-founder of Start It Up Delaware and initiating active collaborations between the University and more than a dozen entrepreneurial support organizations. He also possesses more than a decade of nonprofit board experience, including roles as Board President and Chair of several different committees.

Meyer elected New Castle County Executive.

“Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we get to work"

November 8, 2016 - WILMINGTON - Matt Meyer made the following statement in a victory speech to supporters at the Double Tree Hotel in Wilmington tonight:...

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“One thing I’ve seen time and again throughout this campaign is that we are greater than the challenges we face. Together, we can improve public safety and maintain our parks and libraries. Together, we can create good-paying jobs and build the DuPonts of tomorrow. And, together we can overcome the heroin epidemic and provide treatment to those suffering from the disease known as addiction.” “Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for the candidates and the ideas you believe in. Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we get to work.“ As the New Castle County Executive-elect, Matt will begin the transition process immediately:

  • Tomorrow (11/9) at 6:45am Matt will greet county employees at the William J. Conner Building at 187A Old Churchmans Road in New Castle.
  • Tomorrow at 7:45am, Matt will greet county employees at the New Castle County Government Center at 87 Reads Way in New Castle.
  • Tomorrow at 2:00pm Matt will hold a press conference regarding the upcoming transition process at the Woodlawn Library 2020 West 9th St in Wilmington.

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