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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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The case of David Grimaldi, the former chief administrative officer under New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, just got more complicated.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Grimaldi says he believes that a cache of secretly recorded telephone conversations with Gordon will show the County Executive to be an ethically bankrupt liar.

Grimald was fired last year by Gordon.

The former chief administrative officer claims that the recording will show Gordon using profanity as he talks with top officials about a range of issues during a two year period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state senator who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor says her husband, a New Castle County housing inspector, did not improperly use confidential public housing records to solicit votes for her during her 2014 re-election campaign.

Sen. Bethany Hall-Long said Thursday that an internal review by county officials last year cleared her husband, Dana Long, of any wrongdoing.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is denying wrongdoing or cover-up regarding a contract employee accused of using confidential public housing records to solicit votes for the employee's wife, a state senator and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Gordon issued a statement Wednesday calling the allegations against himself and housing inspector Dana Long false and politically motivated.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon says he would discuss today a recent recording in which he allegedly says that a county employee should be dismissed.

But the News Journal reports that the recording goes on with Gordon adding that the employee would not be fired because of the influence of the employee’s wife state Senator Bethany Hall-Long.  

The paper reports that the conversation took place between Gordon and his former Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

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The $3 million taxpayer loan given by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon to a startup stock exchange was unlawful.

That’s the conclusion of an investigation by the County Council in an 11 page advisory document.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the opinion found Gordon had gone beyond the powers of his office to extend the loan to the Delaware Board of Trade.

The News Journal reports that the opinion also found that Gordon’s attempt to restore the money with a county tax reserve funds, in effect, avoided council involvement.

There will be no property tax increase for New Castle residents.

That’s the word from County Executive Tom Gordon who presented his $267 million operating budget which is an increase of around 4 percent over last year.

In the operating budget Gordon has proposed $184 million for the general fund.

It constitutes a 6 percent increase which is due to higher salary and benefits cost.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that local officials believe revenue form building permits and other fees will be sufficient to meet budgetary needs.

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There’s been a change of venue for the lawsuit brought by former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi for wrongful discharge.

It will now be heard in Sussex County by Judge E. Scott Bradley.

There is no indication about why the change was made.

Grimaldi was fired last October by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the county.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Grimaldi says he was dismissed because he revealed -- what he described as  – the manipulation in county hiring and spending.

New County Council Executive Tom Gordon has restored funding for a start-up stock exchange in Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county leader is using tax reserves for the project.

But County Council member Penrose Hollins called the move “money laundering” and it is expected to set off another fight over how the county invests its funds.

The council has already authorized $10-thousand to explore the legality of Gordon’s action.

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New Castle County officials are looking at using $3 million that are supposed to go toward parks to help with the start-up costs of a private stock exchange.

The money would come from the Garstin Trust Fund and would be put into the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings to establish the Wilmington exchange for small and medium sized stocks.

The County Council is expected to consider the proposal at its meeting next week.


There will be no investigation by New Castle County into the traffic stop that caused the dismissal of former chief administrative officer David Grimaldi.

The county council turned back a call for an outside investigation into the offer by Elsmere Mayor Steve Burg to  “yank” the ticket given to Grimaldi.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that on October 27th police discovered that Grimaldi was driving with a suspended license for failing to pay a ticket after he was pulled over.

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There has been a call from local government officials for an investigation into the traffic stop that officially led to the dismissal of former New Castle County Chief Administrator David Grimaldi. 

The Elsmere town Council and New Castle County Council member Lisa Diller want a probe by state Attorney General Matt Denn.

Diller is planning on co-sponsoring a measure that calls for an independent investigation into the dismissal by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon says last Tuesday he dismissed the county’s chief administrative officer David Grimaldi because he tried to use his political influence during a traffic stop two days before.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that an Elsmere police officer pulled Grimaldi over while he was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The paper reports Grimaldi as telling the officer, “You know your mayor works for me.”

Gordon says Grimaldi was clearly trying to influence the outcome of the stop.

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A top New Castle County official has suddenly been fired.

The county’s Administrative Officer David Grimaldi told the Wilmington News Journal that he had been dismissed over the phone yesterday by County Executive Tom Gordon.

He told the paper it occurred when Grimaldi questioned Gordon about his risk manager.

Grimaldi said he believes she is Gordon’s girlfriend.

He said he raised questions about her after receiving several hostile workplace complaints.

Grimaldi told the paper that he is thinking about running against Gordon.

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The New Castle County police will begin using body cameras as the nation reels from another officer involved shooting caught on camera.

The department has begun a pilot program and becomes the largest in the state to use them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Attorney General Matt Denn said it is his intent that every officer in the state will wear one.

The Delaware NAACP which has pushed for their use praised New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and other local leaders for moving ahead with the program.

The Democratic field is already shaping up for next year’s gubernatorial race in Delaware.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is not ruling out a run in 2016.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that he had not made up his mind yet.

Campaign news has already been made by Governor Jack Markell who said the Delaware Congressman John Carney would be a terrific choice.

Markell defeated the Delaware Democrat in winning the governorship.


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If you are one of the 15-hundred who work for the New Castle County government you could get a onetime bonus of $750.

County Executive Tom Gordon wants the County Council to approve the payment to reward employees for their efforts during a time of austerity.

The county budget had a surplus of $1.5 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

The cost of the bonus would eat up most of that coming in at just over a million dollars.

It would still leave $300-thousand in the till.

ROCKLAND, Del. (AP) - New Castle County has canceled a deer hunt planned for next week in a Rockland public park after neighbors raised concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that County Executive Tom Gordon says officials will look at nonlethal ways to thin the deer population around Woodley Park.

Gordon says there are serious health and traffic problems associated with the deer, but the community is split.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - One Delaware county is barring government-funded travel to Indiana over a new religious-objections law that has raised concerns that gays and lesbians could face discrimination.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon signed an executive order Wednesday, saying the county is reviewing travel plans for all employees. Gordon says he's not aware of any upcoming government trips to the state, but the order was meant to send a message.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon says he want to create a policy that will help many of the homeless who find themselves sleeping outdoors and often trespassing on private property.

Gordon said he does not want to simply clear them out.

He suggested the options would include working with the county’s community services agencies to help find housing for the homeless.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there is no firm way to know how many people are homeless or living in camps.

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New Castle County Auditor Robert Wasserbach denounced – what he called – a “cowardly” effort to diminish his probe into the county’s second in command David Grimaldi.

The investigation is looking into switching of $92 million to money manager UBS without going through the bidding process.

Wasserbach says that his report will look at whether the county’s finance managers actually abided by county policy when investing the county surplus.