Posted: Oct. 10, 2002

Dover – 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 Delaware.”

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.

McKinney-Cherry, 42, 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.