Delaware Secretary of Labor
|Delaware Secretary of Labor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$1,581,400|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Delaware Code, 29-85-8502|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
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The current secretary is John McMahon, who was appointed to his position by Governor Jack Markell in 2009. As the secretary serves at the pleasure of the governor, McMahon is not subject to periodic reappointment.
Before becoming secretary, McMahon was executive vice president of the Delaware Contractors Association for over 27 years. He has also worked as chief of the Research, Statistics and Prevailing Wage Division of the Delaware Department of Labor and an employment and labor relations supervisor for Chrysler Corporation. McMahon holds a B.A. in Economics from Providence College. He and his wife, Joan, have two children.
The office of secretary of labor is established by law.
Delaware Code, 29-85-8502
|(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of the Department of Labor...|
State law requires only that the secretary be "a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office." 
Delaware Code, 29-85-8502
|The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of the Department of Labor, who shall be a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office, and preference shall be given to a resident of this State provided that such person is acceptable and equally qualified.|
The secretary is appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the state Senate. Secretaries are required by law to become "bona fide" residents of the state within 6 months after appointment, and must remain residents until their service ends. Additionally, they serve at the pleasure of the governor and not for a fixed term.
There are no term limits associated with the office of secretary of labor.
If a vacancy in the office occurs, the governor appoints a replacement, who must then be confirmed by the Senate. If the vacancy occurs while the legislature is out of session, the governor may appoint an acting secretary until the next legislative session. Details of vacancy appointments are set out in Article III, Section 9 of the Delaware Constitution.
The secretary oversees the Delaware Department of Labor, which provides unemployment insurance and other assistance to out-of-work Delawareans, offers training and job matching services and produces statistics and analysis of the state's labor market.
- Employment and Training
- Unemployment Insurance
- Industrial Affairs
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Occupational and Labor Market Information
The budget for the Secretary of Labor's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $1,581,400.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $112,660.
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4425 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
Phone: (302) 761-8000
- Project VoteSmart, "Bio of John McMahon," August 16, 2011.
- Delaware Code, "29-85-8502," accessed August 8, 2011.
- Delaware Department of Labor, "About the Department," accessed August 16, 2011.
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed August 16, 2011.