Mayor Williams Announces Key Appointments

Posted on  04/09/2014 2:43 pm

Today, Mayor Dennis P. Williams announced the following individuals will serve in key City Administration posts:

Cleon Cauley- Chief of Staff

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins- Chief Strategy Advisor

Jeffrey Starkey- Commissioner of Public Works

Leonard Sophrin- Director of Planning

"The challenges we face as a City from providing safe neighborhoods to building and maintaining our infrastructure are complex and require thoughtful and comprehensive solutions,” said Mayor Williams. “That’s why I am proud to announce a team with deep expertise necessary to move Wilmington forward.”

Mr. Cleon Cauley will replace current Chief of Staff, John Matlusky, who is departing the City to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Mr. Matlusky’s last day with the City will be May 9, 2014.

“Mr. Matlusky has served the City well, and I am grateful for his leadership during the mayoral transition and the first year and half of this administration,” said Mayor Williams. “I wish him nothing but the very best in his future endeavors.”

For the last 10 months, Mr. Cauley has served as a loaned executive to the City running its Public Works Department. While on loan to the City Mr. Cauley was employed by Morris James, where he chairs the firm’s Governmental Relations Practice Group and is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

“Mr. Cauley is highly respected government executive and we are very pleased to welcome him to the role of Chief of Staff,” said Mayor Williams. “When we hire loaned executives it is a win for the City because we are able to partner with the business community and at the same time bring in expertise that we otherwise would not have access to. When one of those executives decides to stay as a full-time City employee after their executive loan commitment ends everybody wins.”

Mr. Cauley is recognized as an experienced public servant at many levels of state and local government. Prior to serving as the Public Works Commissioner for the City of Wilmington Mr. Cauley served in the Office of the Governor for the State of Delaware, Jack A. Markell, as the Deputy Legal Counsel; as the State of Delaware’s Economic Development Ombudsman; and Acting Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation. In this capacity, he managed the agency’s 2,600 employees and was responsible for a budget of almost $1 billion.

Additionally he served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware, Assistant County Attorney and Land Use Attorney for New Castle County; as the Deputy Secretary, the Chief of Real Estate, and the Deputy Planning Director in the Office of the Delaware Department of Transportation; as the Chair of the Governor’s Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues; and as Chair of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council.

Mr. Cauley will begin his tenure as the Chief of Staff for the City of Wilmington on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins has been appointed as the Mayor’s Chief Strategy Advisor. Dr. Jenkins will assist the Chief of Staff with communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives within the City of Wilmington. Dr. Jenkins has served as a public servant for more than 35 years, and worked in various roles with the Commerce Department, the Port of Wilmington and the City of Wilmington Human Resources Department. Dr. Jenkins also served as the Director of Human Resources for Delaware Technical & Community College for 16 years.

Previously serving as the Director of Human Resources under the Williams Administration, she streamlined processes to improve overall effectiveness of the human resources department; initiated citywide training for all employees; worked with department heads to enhance practices and policies to increase effectiveness and productivity throughout the City; and impacted employee morale through various programs and activities.

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins will begin her tenure as the Chief Strategy Advisor for the City of Wilmington on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Mr. Jeffrey Starkey has been appointed as the Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Wilmington. Mr. Starkey’s duties will include ensuring compliance with state, regional, and federal regulations and agencies; directing the planning and execution of municipal services related to streets, traffic, water, sewer and stormwater; developing programs, both short- and long-term, through the Operating and Capital Budget process; and coordinating all departmental activities with City, County, State, regional and Federal agencies. Mr. Starkey currently serves as the Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections where he oversees the monitoring of all buildings through code enforcement and abatement of code enforcement and abatement of code violations.

Mr. Starkey also monitored the regulation of various business activities through the issuance of permits, licenses, certificates and appropriate inspections to facilitate compliance.

Mr. Starkey will begin his tenure as the Commissioner for Public Works for the City of Wilmington on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Leonard Sophrin, A.I.A., has been appointed as the Planning Director for the City of Wilmington. Mr. Sophrin will serve as the principle liaison between city government, community organizations and planning councils and will work in partnership with these groups to develop comprehensive neighborhood plans. Mr. Sophrin’s career has focused on the revitalization of city neighborhood life, the preservation of municipal parks, regional transportation planning, and environmental policy development. In the past year, Mr. Sophrin has worked closely to form public and private partnerships to foster sound, economic and physical planning policies.

Leonard Sophrin will begin his tenure as the Planning Director for the City of Wilmington on Monday, April 14, 2014.