Former Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) director Jennifer Cohan has been sworn in by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as the state's 10th secretary of transportation.
"I am deeply honored to have been nominated by Gov. Markell and confirmed by the state Senate to lead DelDOT," Cohan said. "As I begin my time as secretary, I expect to bring innovations to our planning, funding and construction processes, and will continue the consistent use of data-driven prioritization for DelDOT's infrastructure choices. I am excited to share my ideas with DelDOT's talented leadership while I work toward an equitable long-term solution to the revenue sources for the Transportation Trust Fund."
Cohan is the third woman named to the director position in the agency's history.
"Jennifer's vast knowledge of the department and its operations make her uniquely qualified to lead DelDOT as we tackle the financial challenges ahead and deliver an efficient, high quality transportation system to the residents of Delaware," Markell said.
Cohan, 42, has worked for the state for 25 years, including eight years as DMV director. She has held positions in the Department of Natural Resources and in the Motor Fuel Tax Administration. Prior to her work at the DMV, Cohan was a senior legislative analyst for the state legislature.
She also has served as interim president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; is an adjunct professor of public policy at Wilmington University; and is president of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club.
Cohan and her husband live in Dover with their daughter.