Meyer Announces Key Appointments To Administration

New Castle – New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer today announced several appointments to his administration.

He has named Rashad Taylor as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Aundrea Almond as Chief of Staff and Karen Sullivan as County Solicitor. Meyer also intends to nominate Tracy Surles as General Manager of the Department of Special Services, replacing Harry Hill.

“Rashad, Aundrea, Karen and Tracy are talented leaders with a diverse range of experiences. They will work together to get things done. We appreciate their willingness to make county government efficient, honest, and transparent,” Meyer said today.

Taylor has a wealth of leadership experience, including serving as an aide to Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and as an advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. He was on the boards of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, the Joseph Whitehead YMCA and a charter school. Taylor also served two terms in the Georgia Legislature.

Almond brings extensive private sector experience in organization development to the County. Almond has worked in organizational development leadership roles, managing change, organizing effective teams and developing leaders for eBay, Johnson & Johnson and other leading global corporations. Almond lived and worked in Japan and the Netherlands before returning to Delaware.

Sullivan joins the County from the Delaware Department of Justice, where she worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Unit of the Criminal Division. Sullivan has a broad range of criminal, land use, public policy and litigation experience in private and government practice. She has handled cases in Delaware State and U.S. District Courts.

Surles is an 18-year veteran of County Government, who practiced environmental law in the private sector before joining County government to pursue a career in public service. During her tenure, Surles has held various positions with the County. She has served as an Assistant County Attorney, as General Manager of the Special Services Department, and as Chief Administrative Officer.

New Castle County Council will have the opportunity to approve Surles as General Manager of Special Services in the coming weeks.

Source: County Executive’s Office

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