Sussex County Delaware

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Director Resigns

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Carper to Nominate
Scoglietti for post

Peter M. Ross has resigned as director of the Delaware Budget Office due to health reasons, according to Gov. Thomas R. Carper's office.

Ross, 60, is the longest serving budget director in the state's history. Ross has held the post since 1994. He has served in various fiscal positions for 37 years.

Gov. Carper said Tuesday, April 4, 2000, that he has accepted Ross' resignation and upon approve by the state Senate will nominate Robert "Bert" Scoglietti, a long-time state government fiscal chief, to replace Ross.

"Delaware's financial controls, among the nation's worst in the late 1970s, are now described as a model for this nation," said Gov. Carper. "Pete has played a significant part in this incredible turnaround. His hard work and commitment to fiscal responsibility have saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. I am deeply grateful for Pete's service and dedication to Delaware and its people."

Before becoming the state's budget director, Ross served for 16 years in the Controller General's Office as director of operations and senior fiscal management analyst.

Ross has also held senior level positions for New Castle County, the University of Delaware, and Arlington (Va.) County. A graduate of Southern Illinois University and Allegheny (Pa.) College, he lives in Newark with his wife.

Gov. Carper said Ross has helped his administration limit its proposed budget growth to less than 5 percent for 5 straight years while still investing in education, health care, child care, and other initiatives.

The state has also budgeted no more than 98 percent of its projected revenues with the remainder going into Delaware's Rainy Day Fund -- now at $120 million.

This year, Delaware has received its first Triple Crown of Triple-A bond ratings from Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch. The state is one of just nine states to receive Triple-A ratings from the three bond rating agencies.

Scoglietti, 38, has served for 13 years in the state's budget office, including 6 as chief of fiscal and policy analysis. A graduate of St. Vincent's College, he attended graduate school and worked at the University of Pittsburgh before relocating to Delaware in 1987 and joining the budget office.

Scoglietti lives in Middletown with his wife and two daughters.

"As part of the budget office for 13 years, Bert has a wealth of experience and he understands this administration's emphasis on fiscal responsibility," said Gov. Carper. "I believe he is well prepared to lead the office and I appreciate his willingness to assume these additional responsibilities. I look forward to seeing him confirmed by the Senate in the next several weeks."

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