My experience, education, and background make me uniquely qualified to be Delaware State Auditor.
After graduating from Concord High School I attended the University of Delaware where I received degrees in Accounting and Financial Management. More recently, I earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering.
Over the course of my career I have worked as an accountant, financial controller, and Chief Financial Officer for small, midsize, and large companies like ICI, Atlantic Aviation, and Sikorsky Global Helicopters. I am now the CFO of a non-profit research library and archive.
In 2008 I was elected to the Delaware General Assembly, defeating a 10 year incumbent, and served for six years. As a Representative, I was able to apply my knowledge and experience to my work as a member of the General Assembly’s Joint Capital Infrastructure Budget Committee, helping to maintain and bring new jobs to the state. I fought for more transparency, accountability, and efficiency from state departments that came before that committee and I will bring that fight to the rest of state government.
Speaking out on the Issues
It is critical that our Democratic Statewide elected officials promote the positions and principles of the Democratic Party since we believe that these provide the best path forward for a government to help grow the economy and to raise the revenue needed to provide necessary services to the people of Delaware. While I will be independent from the Governor and General Assembly, I will make recommendations not only from a technical point of view to improve efficiency, but will speak out on matters that would have a positive or negative impact on our state economy or state budget. For example, I strongly spoke out against the proposed Right to Work legislation introduced in Sussex County Council. I oppose weakening the Prevailing Wage. I can talk about these issues from an economic point of view but I also have personal knowledge of these issues. I come from a Union family. My father, uncles, and cousins were in Building Trades unions. I worked as a member of Laborer’s Local 199 during my years at UD. As a lifelong Democrat I will speak out for a progressive economic agenda.
The Job of the Auditor
The State Auditor has a key role in ensuring that your tax dollars are spent in accordance with the budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. The current Republican Auditor has done a marginally acceptable job of this at best. He publicizes his audits every four years as we approach an election, but even those don’t say much. He recently had to acknowledge that in a recent school district audit that he couldn’t figure out how some of our money was spent.
Another key role of the Auditor that the incumbent has ignored completely is to provide recommendations for greater simplicity, accuracy, efficiency, and economy. In other words, how to do things better and for less money. After 28 years in office and no recent business or accounting experience outside of government, the incumbent simply does not have the range of experience necessary to bring a new perspective of best practices in place today to guide these recommendations. This has been the core of my career. I have pushed for improved technology and training to enable employees to perform more efficiently and will bring that experience to the Auditor’s office.
MORE TO COME ON DENNIS' GOALS AS AUDITOR
- Eliminate Waste.
- Recommend Best Practices.