Lewis D. Schiliro, Cabinet Secretary

Lewis D. Schiliro
Cabinet Secretary
Department of Safety & Homeland Security

Governor Jack A. Markell appointed Lewis D. Schiliro as Secretary of the Department of Safety & Homeland Security and he received Senate confirmation on Thursday, January 22, 2009.

After retiring from the F.B.I. Secretary Schiliro accepted a position as Senior Vice President at M.B.N.A. Bank in Wilmington, DE. Upon leaving MBNA Bank, he held the position of Director of Emergency Management at the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City and Senior Vice President at A. I. G. Insurance.

He brings a wealth of experience to Delaware as a 25-year veteran with the U. S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I). During his career with the FBI, he held numerous positions including Commander of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and Organized Crime Coordinator where his responsibilities included supervision and oversight of organized crime cases within the F. B. I.'s New York Office. Under his supervision, the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force led the nation in identification and prosecution of domestic and international criminal groups. As Inter-Agency Policy & Program Unit Chief, his responsibilities included development and implementation of best practices within Government investigative agencies. As Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge of Terrorism, his responsibilities included supervision and direction of domestic and international terrorism cases. Prosecutions during this period included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the conspiracy to blow up several New York City landmarks and the extradition of numerous terrorists responsible for attacks against U. S. citizens. As Assistant Director-in-Charge of the F.B.I.'s largest field office, his responsibilities included the supervision, management, and leadership of over 2,300 Special Agents and support personnel in all areas of Criminal, National Security, and International & Domestic Terrorism.

Secretary Schiliro earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Government Program at John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. In addition, he is a member of the National Executive Institute for Major City Chiefs in Quantico, VA. He is admitted to practice in front of the New York, Washington, D.C., and Federal Bar.

Secretary Schiliro and his wife Virginia have three children and two grandchildren.