Dover Police Chief

Dover Has New Police Chief

Jan 14, 2020
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Dover has a new police chief.

He is Captain Tom Johnson from Upper Darby.

WBOC reports this is the first time the city has hired from outside its ranks in more than 70 years.

Mayor Robin Christiansen made the announcement with the city council members signed off on the appointment shortly afterward.

Johnson comes from the largest municipal agency in Delaware County.

He was chosen from more than 20 candidates – a group that was cut down to six before the final selection was made.

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Eight names are now being considered for Dover Police Chief.

That comes from a list of 22 qualified candidates.

WBOC reports that Mayor Robin Christiansen says interviews will be offered to the remaining eight with a final candidate expected to be confirmed in December.

He says if a vote cannot be taken at the first council meeting then a special session will be held to make the appointment by the end of that month.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The police chief of Dover is retiring from the role he's held for the past two years.

Delaware State News reports the city announced the upcoming change Friday and said more information will be released at a Tuesday news conference. The 52-year-old Marvin Mailey said earlier this year that he planned to move into a career not related to law enforcement.

The newspaper says Mailey became the first black man to lead the department when he was sworn into office in May 2017.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Police Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey Jr. has been named the city's 14th chief of police, after taking over day-to-day operations for nearly four months.
News outlets report that in a special meeting, the City Council unanimously voted Thursday to name Mailey as the next chief of police.

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The Dover Police Department held a public outreach meeting with the local NAACP last night.

Chevis Anderson. a community activist with the Greater Dover Arts Council, told WBOC that the meeting was a defining moment for the city.

Questions have swirled about the police department after a video of Corporal Thomas Webster showed him kicking an African American man in the head.

He has been suspended.

In addition, an officer involved shooting ink August got the community’s attention.

The man faces gun charges.