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Mayor Purzycki Announces Administration Staff Appointments and a Nomination for City Solicitor

Post Date:01/31/2019 3:30 PM

Robert Goff is nominated as Solicitor; Brett Taylor is named Finance Director and Tara DiRocco is named Deputy HR Director

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today announced his nominee to serve as the next City Solicitor and two departmental appointments at the mid-way point of his Administration. The Mayor is nominating veteran attorney and City resident Robert Goff to serve as Solicitor, which is the chief legal officer of City government representing the interests of both the Administration and City Council which must approve his appointment. Mayor Purzycki also announced today that he is elevating Deputy Finance Director Brett Taylor to the position of Finance Director, and appointing City attorney Tara DiRocco to the position of Deputy Director of the Department of Human Resources.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to add substantial knowledge and talent to our City management team,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Brett and Tara are already valuable members of my Administration and I look forward to them applying their skills at a new level of management. Bob Goff has an extensive legal background and is ready to tackle the multiple legal duties and challenges that go along with serving as Solicitor. Bob is looking forward to meeting with Council Members ahead of his confirmation process. I express my thanks and appreciation to Bob, Tara and Brett for their continued service to the citizens of Wilmington.” 

Robert M. Goff, Jr. has had a distinguished 30-year career as an attorney. He is a former Assistant Public Defender for the Delaware Office of Defense Services (Public Defender’s Office) and a former Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice. Bob is currently employed by the New Castle County government in the Law Office as an Assistant County Attorney, representing the Department of Land Use in regulatory, legislative, administrative enforcement and judicial proceedings. He was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1988. Bob received his Juris Doctorate from the Delaware Law School of Widener University, and also attended the University of Saint Andrews in Saint Andrews, Scotland where he completed course work for a Master of Literature degree in Medieval History. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City. Bob lives in the Mid-town Brandywine community. He will begin his City duties as Acting City Solicitor on February 15 while he awaits confirmation as Solicitor by City Council. Bob Goff will replace former Solicitor Luke W. Mette who resigned in December to accept the position of Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Delaware Supreme Court.

James Brett Taylor, who had previously served in City government, returned to City service in June of last year when he was named Deputy Director of the Finance Department, working alongside the late Patrick Carter, who died in December. Brett will succeed Patrick in the position of Finance Director. Brett is the former Director of Business Development and Government Relations for Diamond Technologies in Wilmington. He served as Wilmington’s Budget Manager from 1987 to 1989 and was the City’s Real Estate and Housing Director from 1992 to 1993. After his earlier City service, Brett was employed by the Delaware Department of Public Safety, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Delaware Department of Finance and the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Brett’s appointment is effective immediately. 

Tara DiRocco Gryan most recently served in the City’s Law Department.  She was hired in September 2013 as an Assistant City Solicitor and was promoted to Senior Assistant City Solicitor in July 2017. While in Law, Tara was the lead attorney for labor and employment matters and provided legal advice to the City’s various departments, boards, and commissions.  She worked diligently to ensure the City’s compliance with State and Federal employment laws with an aim toward the mitigation and prevention of claims. Tara is a 2005 graduate of Widener University School of Law and was in private practice prior to her service with the City. She began her new HR role on January 28.

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