After leading the Delaware Department of Technology and Information for more than five years, Secretary Jim Sills will step down to assume the role of president and chief executive officer of Mechanics and Farmers Bank effective Sept. 1. Sills was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell in 2009.
“Jim has earned the respect of many throughout the State of Delaware, including the strong and capable team at DTI, who will continue to build on the efforts of the past five years,” said Markell. “While we are sad to see him leave, we know his exceptional leadership skills and extensive banking background will serve M&F Bank well.”
Prior to his current role, Sills served in multiple senior leadership positions, including chief operating officer of First Tuskegee Bank, and president and CEO of Memphis First Community Bank (now Landmark Bank). For five years, he served as executive vice president of MBNA America Bank/Technology Sector (now Bank of America). Following this role, he founded Homeland Security Verification LLC, a small employment verification company, in 2007.
“I want to thank Governor Markell for the opportunity to serve in his cabinet,” said Sills. “I have enjoyed my public service experience, serving the citizens of Delaware, and working with the cabinet, Legislature, judiciary, and K-12 school districts to enhance the technology offerings in the State of Delaware. It’s been a privilege to lead the staff at the Department of Technology and Information. We have accomplished and implemented many IT initiatives that have served the state and taxpayers well. I want to thank the DTI staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Key accomplishments advancing Markell’s technology and information agenda include implementation of the state’s Enterprise Resource Planning project; consolidation of IT resources in state government; implementation of virtual servers; cyber security awareness and education; and expansion of high-speed broadband access in Sussex County.