Carney Nominates Next Correction Commissioner, Other Personnel


Governor John Carney Friday nominated Deputy Corrections Commissioner Monroe Hudson Jr. to replace DOC commissioner Claire DeMatteis, who is the Governor’s choice as a special assistant to oversee management of federal stimulus funding and to assist with crisis management projects.

DeMatteis has been Commissioner of Correction for about two years. Previously she was Special Assistant to Carney, overseeing reforms to the corrections system following the riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center during which Lieutenant Steven Floyd was murdered.

Hudson served 31 years with Delaware State Police before becoming Deputy DOC Commissioner in 2019.

The appointment of DeMatteis does not require Senate confirmation. The Senate is expected to take up Hudson’s nomination June 23rd.

Carney on Friday also nominated Jacqueline Mette to replace retiring Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner John H. Cordrey. Mette has served as deputy legal counsel for the governor since 2018.

“These are all committed public servants who I’m confident will serve Delaware well,” Carney said. “Together, they have decades of experience in and around state government, and I want to thank them for their willingness to continue serving. I also want to congratulate Jack Cordrey on his well-deserved retirement, and I look forward to the Senate considering our nominees.”