The Honorable Josette DelleDonne Manning, Esq.
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
An accomplished prosecutor and advocate for Delaware’s children, Josette DelleDonne Manning became Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families on January 23, 2017. She was nominated by Delaware Governor John Carney and subsequently confirmed by the Delaware State Senate on January 18, 2017. She currently leads a dedicated staff of 1,200 professionals tasked with coordinating services for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect, are in foster care or awaiting adoption, are in need of behavioral health services, or have been court ordered to juvenile detention services.
Prior to her confirmation, Secretary Manning had been a prosecutor for the Delaware Department of Justice for 16 years, conducting more than 75 trials during that time, prosecuting crimes from misdemeanors to capital murder. She served as Director of the Special Victims Unit, overseeing prosecution of all child abuse, child death and sex crime cases statewide.
Previously, as Chief New Castle County Prosecutor, she created the Department of Justice’s first Homicide Unit dedicated solely to the prosecution of homicides and led the first Community Prosecution initiative at the department.
Secretary Manning is the recipient of numerous awards including the Patriot Award from the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) agency of the United States Department of Defense as well as the Delaware Deputy Attorney General of the Year Award.
A Delaware native, Secretary Manning earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law where she was awarded the Graham Foundation Award for service to the Moot Court Honor Society and the Outstanding Service Award for service to the University. She was admitted to the Delaware Bar in December 2000.
“Josette has defended Delaware’s children as a prosecutor, and I’m confident she has the leadership skills and experience necessary to make the right decisions on behalf of children in Delaware who have experienced abuse, abandonment and neglect,” said Governor Carney. “She will take the lead on coordinating services for children and families who are most at risk, ensure that appropriate treatment options exist, and help us prevent abuse of Delaware’s children in the first place.”
Secretary Manning resides in northern Wilmington with her husband, Bradley, a Commissioner for the New Castle County Superior Court, and their three children, Claire, Conner and Charlotte.