DOVER, Del.- Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the recently retired head of Delaware State Police to lead the state's prison system.
Markell on Friday announced former police superintendent Robert Coupe as his pick for corrections commissioner. Coupe retired from the state police force in December after 28 years. As superintendent, he commanded 676 troopers and 270 civilian employees.
"Colonel Coupe is a proven manager, well-respected leader, and people person," Markell said. "He earned accolades throughout his division for creating a climate of trust through open and honest communication and transparency. I am pleased Colonel Coupe may continue to serve the state as a cabinet secretary with a critical public safety role."
Markell also has nominated his former education policy adviser, Jennifer Ranji, as secretary of the state Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. Ranji served as educational policy advisor from September 2009 to July 2012.
Ranji was the lead staff person in the governor's office on the federal Race to the Top education initiative. Ranji has also served as deputy legal counsel to former Gov. Tom Carper and as director of legal affair for Delaware's Family Court system.