Delaware DOT head leaving; Carney picks deputy as successor

Delaware Gov. John Carney (Office of Gov. John Carney)

Delaware’s transportation secretary is leaving the post this fall to lead a nonprofit group. Her deputy is Gov. John Carney’s choice to succeed her.

Jennifer Cohan, who became secretary in 2015 under then-Gov. Jack Markell, has worked in Delaware state government for 31 years.

Carney, in announcing Cohan’s retirement on Friday, pointed out her government career included serving as the first woman to lead the Division of Motor Vehicles. While secretary, she oversaw the state’s largest-ever roadway infrastructure program, he said.


Cohan will serve through October, after which she’ll join Leadership Delaware, which helps locate and train young leaders in the state, and become its CEO.

“Her experience, intellect and depth of knowledge about how state government works will not easily be replaced,” Carney said in a statement.

Carney said he plans to nominate Deputy Transportation Secretary Nicole Majeski to be the new secretary. The state Senate must confirm his choice. Majeski was previously chief of staff to then-New Castle County Executive Chris Coons who is now a U.S. senator.

The Cabinet shuffle comes as Carney seeks reelection in November.


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