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Senate confirms new education and homeland security secretaries

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The Delaware senate confirmed the nominations of Dr. Steven Godowsky to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education and Jim Mosley to serve as secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

“Steve is a leader with the experience and respect necessary to build on the tremendous progress we’ve made over the past seven years,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “There is still more work to be done, but today’s vote by the Senate underscores their confidence in Steve’s ability to advance our efforts. I look forward to our work together and I appreciate the Senate’s consideration and support.”

Godowsky succeeds Mark Murphy, who ended his tenure last month.  He led the New Castle County Vo-Tech District for eight years beginning in 2003, following two decades working in the district as an assistant principal at Delcastle Tech, principal at Hodgson Vo-Tech, and assistant superintendent. During his time as superintendent, he served a term as President of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association for the 2007-08 school year. He also spent time earlier in his career as a special education teacher in the Alfred I. DuPont School District.

Mosely succeeds Lew Schiliro, who announced his plans to retire earlier this month. “With over 40 years of experience, Jim has established a distinguished career of public service in both the military and law enforcement sectors,” said Markell. “He has the knowledge, passion and fortitude to lead the department as we continue to strengthen public safety throughout Delaware.”

Mosely most recently served as Wilmington’s Public Safety director, and also worked with local, state, federal and international agencies in a variety of code and law enforcement environments including overt and covert operations. During his career as an officer in the Military Police Corps, he served throughout the United States, Cuba, Honduras and Europe as a law enforcement officer and liaison between U.S. and Allied Country Law Enforcement and Security personnel. While assigned to NATO Headquarters in Belgium, he coordinated the security for the Supreme Allied Commander and commanded his personal security team.

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