The Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security is moving on to join the Attorney General's Office.
Robert Coupe will become Attorney General Kathy Jennings' Chief of Staff. Coupe has previously served as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction and superintendent of the Delaware State Police
"There is simply no one more prepared to help Attorney General Jennings lead the Department of Justice. I look forward to continuing to work together with Secretary Coupe to protect the safety and welfare of Delaware communities," said Gov. John Carney about Coupe's departure.
Governor Carney will nominate Delaware State Police Chief Col. Nate McQueen, Jr., to serve as the next secretary of the DSHS. McQueen's confirmation is subject to state Senate approval in March.
Carney, in a written statement, called McQueen, who's led DSP since 2012, the "right choice" for the job, crediting him with a drop in violent crime statewide.
“I’ve known Colonel McQueen a long time, and I know he has dedicated his career to law enforcement, to protecting our communities, and to keeping Delawareans safe. Colonel McQueen has the right skill set and temperament to continue building trust between Delaware law enforcement and the communities they serve, and I look forward to the Senate considering his nomination.”
McQueen said he's humbled.
“I am grateful for his trust and confidence in me to lead and serve as a member of his cabinet."