Following several media reports of mismanagement at the Delaware Department of Transportation, including one controversial development in Milford, Secretary Carolann Wicks tendered her resignation on Friday, effective March 18.
“This has been a difficult decision, but one that has been made with a clear conscience and the best interest of the department at heart.” Secretary Wicks stated. “I have greatly enjoyed the many years I have served the State of Delaware, from an engineer just out of college to my position of leadership in one of the most hardworking agencies in the State of Delaware. The opportunities I have experienced in my years at DelDOT will always be looked upon with sincere gratitude. But, as with many other retirees, I will now move on to the next chapter in my life, including spending more time with my family.”
Carolann Wicks is the eighth Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Carolann began her long career at DelDOT more than 28 years ago as a Civil Engineer. She served in several leadership roles including the Chief Engineer for the department and Director of Transportation Solutions. As Secretary, she was responsible for the capital program, managing statewide transit services, motor vehicle services, and the maintenance and operation of 90 percent of Delaware’s transportation system. DelDOT employs over 2600 transportation professionals to achieve these goals.
“My only regret is that I am leaving a great organization with the most hardworking, dedicated state employees. The citizens of Delaware are being well-served by these many individuals, all with the goal of making Delaware’s transportation system the best and safest for all who travel throughout our State,” said Secretary Wicks.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell accepted Wicks’ resignation with a statement on Friday.
“Carolann has been a dedicated public servant for many years and has been a strong and effective advocate for better and safer roads for our State,” said Governor Markell. “For that, I thank her and very much wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”