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Cleon L. Cauley, Sr. Appointed Commissioner of Public Works Department by City of Wilmington

June 10, 2013

Mayor Dennis P. Williams has tapped Morris James’ Counsel Cleon L. Cauley, Sr. to serve as a loaned executive to run its Public Works Department.  While on loan to the City Mr. Cauley will continue to be employed by Morris James, where he chairs the firm’s Governmental Relations Practice Group and is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

 “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 Mayor Williams.  “I am extremely appreciative that the leadership at Morris James LLP agreed to this arrangement.”

As Commissioner, Mr. Cauley will provide non-legal, managerial direction and oversight of the Department of Public Works, which has a combined operating and capital budget of $154 million.  His duties include implementation of City policies and procedures; ensuring compliance with state, regional, and federal regulations and agencies; directing the planning and execution of municipal services related to streets, traffic, and other services; managing the City’s water, sewer and stormwater utility as well as the acquisition and maintenance of the municipal fleet; develop programs, both short- and long-term, through the Operating and Capital Budget process; and coordinate all departmental activities with City, county, state, regional and federal agencies.

Mr. Cauley is well-known as an experienced public servant at many levels of state and local government. His substantial background at the state level included serving 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 in the Office of the Delaware Department of Transportation, as the Deputy Secretary, the Chief of Real Estate, and the Deputy Planning Director of that Office; as the Chair of the Governor’s Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues; and as Chair of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council.

Further government experience included work as Chair of the Problem Property Task Force, Assistant County Attorney and Land Use Attorney for New Castle County.

 “As a responsible corporate citizen, Morris James is honored to demonstrate its support of the City through this loaned executive arrangement,” said David H. Williams, managing partner of Morris James LLP. 

Mr. Cauley will begin his tenure with the City of Wilmington June 17, 2013.  “I look forward to playing a role in the City’s future success and I appreciate Morris James’ continued support of the City of Wilmington,” said Cleon L. Cauley, Sr.