May 15, 2017: Christopher Murtha was appointed on Monday, May 1, 2017, as the Deputy Director of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Murtha succeeds Glenn Gillespie, who retired after twenty years of working for the Delaware state government. Murtha has more than thirty years of experience in the public safety field. He started as a Volunteer Firefighter in Gloucester County, New Jersey, and he is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked for the Wilmington Fire Department for more than twenty years, working in the Operations Division and as a Staff Officer. He retired with the rank of Captain in 2015. After retiring from the Wilmington Fire Department, he worked as a Fire Protection Specialist for the city of Newark for six months before leaving in November, 2015, to accept a position as a Trainer/Educator with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA).