The mayor has named a new public works commissioner for Wilmington after the previous department head abruptly resigned last month.
Mayor Dennis Williams announced Monday that he has tapped Cleon Cauley Sr. to lead the city's largest department while the city searches for a permanent replacement.
Alfonso Ballard abruptly resigned in May after questions were raised about his criminal record.
Cauley has served as acting director of the Delaware Department of Transportation, deputy legal counsel for Gov. Jack Markell and economic development ombudsman. He will remain employed at law firm Morris James.
“Due to the complexities of the job and the high level of expertise and experience necessary to manage and administer the office, I have asked Mr. Cauley to serve in this capacity as he is a well seasoned and highly respected government executive,” said Williams in a press release. “I am extremely appreciative that the leadership at Morris James LLP agreed to this arrangement.”
John Matlusky, the mayor's chief of staff, says Cauley will remain in the commissioner's job for less than a year during the search and the law firm will be compensated.