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Cerron Cade nominated to lead Department of Labor

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Gov. John Carney on Tuesday announced his nomination of Cerron Cade as secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor.

Cade led the Delaware Economic Development Office through its planned dissolution and took over the new Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism, which now handles economic development activities for the state.

“Cerron has a proven ability to lead, and the knowledge and experience necessary to take on this important role,” Carney said. “The Department of Labor’s work connecting Delawareans with relevant job training and workforce development programs has never been more important. Cerron understands the needs of Delaware businesses from his time at the Small Business Division and, before that, at the Delaware Economic Development Office.”

If confirmed by the state senate, Cade would replace Secretary Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, who will take a position at Delaware State University as dean of graduate, adult and continuing studies next month.

“I am honored to be nominated by Governor Carney to lead the Department of Labor,” Cade said. “Connecting Delaware businesses with skilled employees has been a large part of my focus as DEDO has transitioned into the new Division. If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to using that experience to help the state’s workforce thrive in this changing economy.”

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