Delaware Homeland Security secretary retires

     (Photo courtesy of DSHS)

    (Photo courtesy of DSHS)

    After leading Delaware’s Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security for more than six years, Lew Schiliro announced his plans to retire. 

    “Lew has been a trusted adviser and a strong leader, and I am grateful to him for his many contributions over the last seven years,” said Governor Jack Markell, D-Delaware. “I will miss his leadership and counsel and I wish him well as he enters the next phase of his life.”

    An original member of Markell’s cabinet, the 25-year FBI veteran said he wants to take some time off before returning to teaching and the private sector. 

    “First, I express my heartfelt thanks to the governor for giving me an incredible opportunity to work with the men and women of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security,” Schiliro said. “Secondly, I express my appreciation to each and every member of the department for what they do, for who they are and most importantly for their commitment to the people of the state of Delaware. It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve with each and every one of them.”

    During his tenure, Schiliro helped the state pass a new background checks law to close a private gun sale loophole. He also advocated for another law requiring the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Markell credited Schiliro with several other key public safety accomplishments.

    Schiliro’s Successor

    Markell nominated former Wilmington Public Safety Director Jim Mosley as Schiliro’s successor. Markell will submit his nomination to the state Senate for consideration during a special session next Wednesday.

    “Jim has dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and security of others,” Markell said. “If confirmed by the Senate, his experience, skills, and passion for service, combined with the strong relationships he’s built, will support our ongoing efforts to strengthen public safety across our state.”

    Mosley’s resumé includes stints at the local, state, federal and international levels in code and law enforcement. He also served as an officer in the Military Police in the United States, Cuba, Honduras and Europe.

    “I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to support the tremendous efforts underway in Delaware,” Mosley said. “If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women who pledge to keep our communities safe, as we continue implementing successful public safety strategies for the State of Delaware.”

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