AG Jennings announces leadership changes at DOJ

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Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Thursday that State Prosecutor Dan Logan will succeed Alex Mackler as the Department of Justice’s Chief Deputy Attorney General. Mackler, who has served as CDAG for more than five years, will serve as counsel on President Biden’s reelection campaign.
Mackler joined the DOJ as CDAG in May 2019 after serving his country in active duty for the U.S. Army. During his tenure at the DOJ, Mackler was recognized as one of Delaware’s most influential attorneys, and played a pivotal role in passing AG Jennings’ major policy priorities, including a statewide body-worn camera program; landmark gun safety legislation, including Delaware’s recent permit to purchase law; and the establishment and expansion of the DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust. He has also been a key figure in major legal battles and settlement agreements under AG Jennings’ tenure, helping to secure roughly a quarter-billion dollars in opioid settlements, as well as a landmark $75 million environmental settlement over PFAS contamination. Throughout his time at the DOJ, Mackler continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Logan has served as State Prosecutor since February 2023, overseeing the DOJ’s largest division. Logan has presided over a reorganization of the Division’s Units to focus more specialized attention on homicides, domestic violence, and prosecutor development. Prior to his work as State Prosecutor, Logan served for seven years as the Director of Programs for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in Delaware, where he oversaw the USAO’s prevention and reentry efforts while maintaining a full criminal caseload. From 2007 to 2016, Logan was a prosecutor with the Delaware DOJ, rising from an Assistant Attorney General to become the first Unit Head of the Crime Strategies Unit (which later became the Community Engagement Unit under AG Jennings, and recently merged with the Misdemeanor Trial Unit to become the Community Justice Unit). Logan was also instrumental in the Department’s criminal nuisance abatement efforts and prosecuted numerous felony trials and served as the Assistant Unit Head for the Wilmington Unit. He is a graduate of Salesianum School, the University of Tennessee (BA), and Louisiana State University School of Law (JD).
AG Jennings has also announced that New Castle County Prosecutor Abby Rodgers will succeed Logan as the DOJ’s next State Prosecutor. As Chief County Prosecutor, Rodgers oversaw the Criminal Division’s largest staff cohort and largest caseload, directly supervising many of Delaware’s most serious felony prosecutions. Rodgers previously led the DOJ’s Family Division for six years. She also spent four years as Commander of the Child Predator Task Force, along with assignments in the Rape Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Felony Trial Unit, and Misdemeanor Trial Unit.
Rodgers’ legacy includes pioneering work on human trafficking. She championed Delaware’s first human trafficking laws and the formation of the DOJ’s first Human Trafficking Unit, which she has led since January 2022.  Rodgers has also worked in private practice, as an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School and the University of Delaware, and as a volunteer with several nonprofits, including service as the former President of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware. She is a graduate of Ursuline Academy, Gettysburg College (BA), and the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University (JD).
Rodgers will be succeeded as New Castle County Prosecutor by Deputy Attorney General Tim Maguire, who currently serves as Unit Head for the Felony Screening Unit. Maguire first joined the DOJ as a summer law clerk before accepting a full-time role in 2013. He has previously served in leadership roles as Head of the Misdemeanor Trial Unit (2019-2020) and  the New Castle County Felony Trial Unit (2020-2023), and has additional trial experience in the Wilmington and Violent Criminal Enterprise Units, which handle some of the DOJ’s most complex criminal cases. He is a graduate of Christiana High School, the University of Delaware (BS), and Delaware Law School at Widener University (JD).
“It’s impossible to overstate how much Alex has done to help Delawareans,” said Attorney General Jennings. “He will be sorely missed, but this transition is made far easier by his leadership in developing a deep bench of strong leaders in the DOJ. Dan, Abby, and Tim are all proven leaders who have dedicated their lives to public service. I’m honored to work with them, and grateful that all of them have agreed to take on greater responsibility on behalf of our State.”

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