Staff shake up in Williams administration

By Tom Lehman 11:44pm, April 9, 2014 - Updated 8:29pm, April 10, 2014
A flurry of appointments to key staff positions by Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams were announced by a city spokeswoman on Wednesday.

John Matlusky, the mayor's chief of staff, is leaving the administration to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

The mayor tapped Cleon Cauley, the city's public works commissioner to replace Matlusky.

Cauley is a loaned executive from law firm Morris James.

The vacancy atop the public works department will be filled by Jeff Starkey, the city's commissioner of Licenses & Inspections.

Williams has also appointed Jacqueline Jenkins, his director of human resources, to be his Chief Strategy Advisor and policy director Leonard Sophrin to head the planning department.

Cauley, Starkey and Jenkins are expected to start their new positions in May, while Sophrin is set to begin his tenure as planning director on Monday.

Salary information on each appointee was not immediately available Wednesday.

The announced changes follow recent departures by Williams staffers this year.

Police Chief Christine Dunning retired from her post after a year on the job in January to join New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon's administration.

She was later appointed to chief human resource officer and has a salary of $107,900.

Earlier this month, Gordon named Sophia Hanson, Wilmington's former planning director, as his acting manager of community services. A county spokesman said her salary is $129,000.

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