WILMINGTON — Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced leadership changes within her staff Monday.
Elmer Setting will serve as the Department of Justice’s chief of staff. Mr. Setting currently serves as deputy state court administrator, managing security and operations for all six Delaware courts.
Following former Family Division director Abby Rodgers’ transition into her new role as chief prosecutor for New Castle County, Ms. Jennings has named Kelly Singleton to lead that division.
Ms. Singleton, a nine-year DOJ veteran, began her tenure as a summer law clerk and later served in multiple roles across the Criminal and Family divisions.
In addition, after nearly seven years as chief prosecutor for Sussex County, David Hume has moved into a senior role as the county’s lead appeals prosecutor and an adviser to homicide deputies statewide. Kathleen “Kitty” Dickerson, currently an associate at Morris James LLP, will succeed Mr. Hume. Ms. Dickerson earlier worked with the Justice Department for 19 years.
Ms. Jennings also announced that Brandi Neal has been named the diversity, equity and inclusion administrator, a new role in the department. She arrives following a public and nonprofit career, including most recently a six-year stint with Wilmington’s Christina Cultural Arts Center as a consultant, project coordinator and, ultimately, artistic director.
Further, the director of the Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust, Mark Denney, has left for an opportunity in the private sector. A 16-year veteran of DOJ, he has overseen not only the establishment and growth of its youngest division but has logged a high-level portfolio in the Criminal Division, where he began as a summer law clerk before going on to work with the Homicide Unit; the New Castle County Felony Trial Unit, where he served as assistant unit head; and the Wilmington Felony Trial Unit, where he served as both assistant unit head and unit head.
“Mark’s legacy speaks for itself,” Ms. Jennings said in a statement. “I’ve worked with Mark since I was State Prosecutor. He has always been a widely-respected prosecutor, but we asked the impossible of him when we tapped him to not just lead, but define our newest Division. He answered the call, and did more than flourish: Mark’s leadership at DCRPT cemented him as a giant in Delaware’s legal community.”
The Department of Justice is initiating an internal and external recruitment effort to select Mr. Denney’s successor.