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Gov. Carney nominates new labor secretary

January 16, 2018

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. John Carney has nominated an economic development and tourism official to serve as the next Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor.

Carney’s office announced Cerron Cade’s nomination Tuesday.

Cade currently serves as director of the Delaware Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism. His nomination must be approved by the state Senate.

As labor secretary, Cade would lead a 420-employee department that oversees workforce development and training programs, unemployment insurance programs, labor law enforcement and economic forecasting.

Cade would replace Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, a holdover from former Gov. Jack Markell’s administration who went for about a year without being renominated or replaced. Carney has cited concern that she wouldn’t win Senate confirmation.

Gilliam-Johnson will join Delaware State University as dean of graduate, adult and continuing studies in February.

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