The Hon. William L. Witham, Jr. Joins A Better Delaware as Advisory Board Member
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2023
DOVER, Del.– The Honorable William L. Witham, Jr. has joined as an Advisory Board member at A Better Delaware, a non-partisan public policy and political advocacy organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and greater transparency and accountability in state government.
Chris Kenny, Chairman and Founder of A Better Delaware welcomed Judge Witham to the Board saying, “As a former leader in the US Army Reserve and National Guard. with 34 years of service, “Judge Witham is an exemplary jurist who has served our state with distinction. “He brings a wealth of experience in administrative leadership which will provide ABD clarity in assessing efficiency in state executive departments.”
“As a life-long advocate and advisor in veterans’ affairs, I look forward to being instrumental in advising ABD how best to improve the quality of life for Delaware’s 70,000 active-duty military and veterans,” said Witham.
Witham will serve with Advisory Board member Sam Waltz, founding publisher of the Delaware Business Times and an award-winning respected business and civic leader active in strategic C-level business and change counsel. “Judge Bill Witham is an extraordinary addition to A Better Delaware. Not only is he a man of great personal principles and ethics, as one would expect of a Delaware judge, but he and I together share a passion for the importance of national character and committed, as embodied in service in the US military. Bill and I each are veterans who remain committed to the principles of Citizenship with Service,” said Waltz.
Recently retired, Witham has served over 40 years in Delaware’s justice system. He first joined the bench as an associate judge of the Delaware Superior Court in 1999. In 2005, he was appointed Kent County Resident Judge by Governor Ruth Ann Minner and re-appointed in 2017 by Governor John Carney.
Utilizing 34 years of service in the Delaware National Guard including Deputy Commander of the Delaware Army National Guard and his experience on the bench he instituted Delaware’s first Veterans Treatment Court in 2011. This court provides a therapeutic approach to criminal prosecution of veterans with mental illness who are charged with nonviolent felonies and misdemeanor crimes away from jail and into rehabilitative programs. He is also a frequent speaker on the issues of veterans involved in the criminal justice system on a state and national level.
“Judge Witham brings to A Better Delaware a wealth of knowledge in veteran’s affairs which will be an invaluable resource as we advocate for the elimination of income tax for active military retired during this legislative session.”- Kathleen Rutherford, Executive Director of A Better Delaware.