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Delaware Secretary of State
|Delaware Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$3,828,900|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 10|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by governor|
|Name:||Jeffrey W. Bullock|
|Assumed office:||January 21, 2009|
|Other Delaware Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Secretary of Education•Agriculture Secretary•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Secretary•Labor Secretary•Public Service Commission|
The secretary's responsibilities involve registry of businesses and corporations, monitoring banks, and other commercial activities. Unlike many other state secretaries of state, the Delaware Secretary of State is not in charge of administering elections in Delaware. The Delaware Department of Elections is a separate agency from the Department of State.
Before becoming secretary, Bullock was chief administrative officer of New Castle County, DE, from 2001-2009. From 1994-2001, he was chief of staff to former Governor Thomas R. Carper. Bullock holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Delaware. He and his wife, Susan Frank, have two daughters.
|The Governor shall appoint, by and with the consent of a majority of all the members elected to the Senate, a Secretary of State, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.|
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
Delaware is one of nine states where the secretary of state is appointed by the governor. In Delaware, appointments to the office must be confirmed by a majority vote of the state Senate, and appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor. The process of appointment is detailed in Article III, Section 10 of the state constitution.
There are no term limits associated with the office.
Per Article III, Section 9 of the state constitution, the governor fills vacancies in the office of secretary of state in the same manners as normal appointments; he chooses a new officeholder who must then receive the approval of the Delaware Senate. If a vacancy occurs while the Senate is in recess, he may appoint an acting secretary by commission until it reconvenes.
Unlike most state secretaries of state, Delaware's does not oversee the state's election process. Instead, the secretary's office is mostly concerned with preserving the state's cultural heritage, regulating Delaware businesses to promote "public health, safety, and welfare," and several other miscellaneous duties. The secretary of state's website summarizes its mission as follows:
- Promote Delaware's economy and generate state revenue
- Manage and facilitate citizen access to governmental, educational and recreational information
- Preserve and promote Delaware history, art and culture
- Assist and provide direct services to Delaware veterans and their families
- Promote equal opportunity and protection for all persons
- Provide regulatory, licensing, investigate and consumer services to protect the public's health, safety and economic welfare; and
- Administer the state's public and merit employment relations laws and government ethics laws.
- Office of the Secretary
- Bank Commissioner
- Board of Pardons
- Delaware Heritage Commission
- Government Information Center
- Historical & Cultural Affairs
- Human Relations
- International Trade and Development
- Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture
- Merit Employee Relations Board
- Merit Employee Relations Board
- Professional Regulation
- Public Advocate
- Public Employee Relations Board
- Public Integrity Commission
- Public Service Commission
- Veterans Affairs
- Veterans Home
- Commission for Women
- See also: Delaware state budget and finances
The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $3,828,900.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of Delaware's elected state executives are determined by state law as mandated by the Delaware Constitution. Article III of the state constitution requires that salary changes not take effect until after the current terms of affected offices.
The Delaware State Legislature created the Delaware Compensation Commission in 1984 to determine state executive salaries. This commission consists of six members including two appointees by the governor, one appointee each by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Delaware State Senate, the current chair of the Delaware Business Roundtable and the director of the state Office of Management and Budget. Commissioners meet every four years to make salary recommendations, which are implemented unless the Delaware State Legislature rejects the entirety of the report. From 1985 to 2013, the commission's report has only been rejected once by legislators, who submitted their own salary increases for executives officials in 1993.
In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $120,755. The secretary's compensation is determined by law.
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Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Delaware Secretary of State
401 Federal St., Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-4111
Fax: (302) 739-3811
- Delaware Department of State, "Home," accessed June 10, 2013
- Office of the Delaware Secretary of State, "About the Department of State," accessed August 10, 2011
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- Delaware Compensation Commission, "2013 Final Report," January 8, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed August 10, 2011