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Meyer selects three for leadership

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WILMINGTON – New Castle County Executive-elect Matt Meyer announced today he will nominate Brian Maxwell to serve as the county’s chief financial officer, Vanessa Phillips at director of human resources and Jason Miller as communications director.

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.

Maxwell previously worked as deputy director and director of budget development 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 worked for three years at the Delaware Department of Transportation.

In his ten years in state government, Miller, currently the deputy communications director for Governor Jack Markell, also worked as spokesperson for the late Attorney General Beau Biden, the Delaware Department of Justice and the Delaware Department of Correction.

County council will consider the appointments of Maxwell and Phillips early next year.

“We will be well prepared to serve the residents of New Castle County from the first day of my administration,” Meyer said. “Brian, Vanessa, and Jason will each bring unique perspectives and proven experience that will help make our county more honest, transparent, and effective.”

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