Gov. John Carney announced Jan. 16 his nomination of Cerron Cade — director of the Delaware Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism — to serve as the next secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor.

Cade’s nomination must be approved by the Delaware Senate.

As labor secretary, Cade would lead a 420-employee department that oversees workforce development and training programs for the state of Delaware, unemployment insurance programs, labor law enforcement and economic forecasting for the state.

“Cerron has a proven ability to lead and the knowledge and experience necessary to take on this important role,” said Carney. “The Department of Labor’s work connecting Delawareans with relevant job training and workforce development programs has never been more important. Cerron understands the needs of Delaware businesses from his time at the Small Business Division and, before that, at the Delaware Economic Development Office. I’m confident that Cerron’s experience will serve Delaware and Delaware workers well. I look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

As acting director of the Delaware Economic Development Office in 2017, Cade managed the dissolution of DEDO and the creation of the new Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism within the Delaware Department of State. Currently, he serves as the division’s director, leading a team responsible for providing key services to Delaware businesses, administration of the Delaware Strategic Fund and marketing Delaware as a premier tourist destination.

“I am honored to be nominated by Gov. Carney to lead the Department of Labor,” said Cade. “Connecting Delaware businesses with skilled employees has been a large part of my focus as DEDO has transitioned into the new Division. If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to using that experience to help the state’s workforce thrive in this changing economy.”

Cade grew up in Washington, D.C., and moved to Delaware to study political science and law studies at Delaware State University. He has worked as a legislative aide for the Delaware State House of Representatives, New Castle County deputy county director for Sen.Tom Carper and state projects director for then-Congressman Carney. Cade lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kasmira, and two daughters, Jonnie and Toni.