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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County's police chief will soon step down.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting announced his retirement in a letter on Friday to outgoing County Executive Thomas Gordon. Setting will leave the force on Jan. 3.

The 50-year-old Setting was appointed chief by Gordon in 2012. He's been with the department for 28 years.

His tenure was marked by technological upgrades, the introduction of body-worn cameras and an increase in the number of officers from 370 to 420.

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State Senator Harris McDowell warns that it might be time to readjust funding services provided for local governments.

The Delaware Democrat is co-chair of the state’s Joint Finance Committee examining the distribution of services.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he noted the government is running out of tricks to balance its budget and still maintain its low tax status.

Among the key issues are the services that the state has taken on that had been funded by the counties.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon is asking Delaware election officials to disqualify Matt Meyer, the Democratic nominee for county executive, from the general election ballot.

Meyer beat Gordon in September's primary, but Gordon claims Meyer hasn't lived in the county long enough to qualify.

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AstraZeneca may be putting its Fairfax property up for sale but it is considering leasing it back from the new owner.

That’s according to sources familiar with the deal cited by the Wilmington News Journal

The land went up for sale earlier this week.

An official with the company told the paper that the company is looking at all options for the property including redevelopment.

In May at the time of the announcement that it was moving out of the property the company still said it intended to stay in the state of Delaware.

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The Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs has made its endorsement in the upcoming primary elections.

They include New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon state Senators Bryan Townsend -- a candidates for congress and Bethany Hall-Long – a candidate for Lt. Governor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dr. Muqtedar Kahn, president of the Delaware Council, said that in the age of Islamophobia his community would not stay silent or be marginalized.

Townsend was thanked for his support for closing the loophole for background checks to buy firearms.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge says New Castle County's former chief administrative officer can proceed with a defamation suit over his firing last year by County Executive Tom Gordon.

While dismissing David Grimaldi's claims that his firing violated his First Amendment rights and county and state whistleblower laws, the judge ruled Thursday that Grimaldi's defamation claim can proceed.

The judge's ruling is noteworthy for declaring that whistleblower protections do not apply to high-ranking appointees serving at the pleasure of the county executive and governor.

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The daughter of New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon admitted that she was behind the online accounts that attacked the reputation of former County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Jennifer Gordon said she was wanted people to know “how vindictive and evil (Grimaldi) was.”

In his defamation lawsuit Grimaldi had named a Jane Doe as the defendant in the case and had asked the court to reveal who was behind the accounts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Attorney General's Office says New Castle County officials violated the Freedom of Information Act by not responding in a timely fashion to a request from former county chief administrative officer David Grimaldi.

In an opinion dated Friday, authorities said the county did not explain why more time was needed to handle the request or give a good-faith estimate of how much time it needed.

But officials say no further action is required because the records are exempt from FOIA because of pending litigation.

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A Sussex County Judge is expected to hear arguments to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit by former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi against County Executive Tom Gordon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the motion set for Friday Gordon says there is no merit to Grimaldi’s claim as a whistleblower.

Grimaldi is seeking $23-thousand in severance pay and other damages.

The News Journal reports that the key to Friday’s arguments will be whether Gordon had the right to fire Grimaldi.

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Former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi has filed a lawsuit over online posts that he says defames his reputation.

Grimaldi wants a judge to require social media websites to cough up the name of the person responsible for the posts.

He was fired by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon after an incident involving Grimaldi allegedly trying to use his position after a traffic stop.

Grimaldi denies the allegations and has filed a lawsuit against Gordon.

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