Posted: Oct. 10,
– The Delaware State Senate confirmed
three new cabinet members Thursday, John A. Hughes for Secretary of
Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Judy McKinney-Cherry
for director of the Delaware Economic Development Office and
Jennifer Wagner Davis for budget director.
“I am very pleased
that the Senate confirmed my nominations,” Gov. Ruth Ann Minner
said. “John, Judy and J.J. have each proven their talent and skill
in their areas of expertise. I am extremely proud of all three of
them and know they will work hard for the residents of the state of
Hughes, 61, of
Rehoboth Beach, is director of the Division of Soil and Water
Conservation at DNREC, a position he has held for 18 years. Before
that, Hughes served as operations manager of the division for 14
years. Hughes also served three terms as mayor of Rehoboth Beach,
from 1981 to 1987, and served on the Rehoboth Beach commission. He
has a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University.
of Smyrna, recently left Infosystems, Inc., a Delaware-based
technology infrastructure company after eight years, where she
opened and built the company’s Dover office and rose to the position
of director of regional operations. From 1985 to 1994, she worked at
DEDO as an economic development manager and as director of the
Delaware State Data Center program. In 2001 and 2002, she served on
the Governor’s Strategic Economic Council and she also serves on the
national board of trustees of the National Arthritis Foundation. She
has bachelor’s degrees from Utah State University in environmental
studies and political science.
Davis, 32, of
Camden, has served as deputy secretary of education since July 2000
and was associate secretary of education for policy and
administrative services from February 1999 to July 2000. She was a
program manager and adjunct faculty member in the office of the
president of Delaware Technical and Community College from May 1998
to February 1999. Before that she spent nearly five years in the
budget office: three as deputy principal assistant to the budget
director. She has an M.S. in policy analysis and a B.A. in political
science from Pennsylvania State University.
Hughes and Davis
were sworn-in Thursday evening following the confirmation.
McKinney-Cherry will be sworn in on Friday.
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