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State Representative Sean Lynn wants the City of Dover to hold off on the utility charges for Wesley College.

The Dover Democrat says he would ask the city to do so until the school receives the state funding it is requests and a possible merger with another institution.

WBOC reports that Mayor Robin Christiansen has said it is too early to tell if it has the revenue to allow the college to forgo the utility charge.

The college has asked the state for $3.2 million to deal with its financial problems.

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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Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen says he is hoping that state officials and others will be able to find adequate support to keep Wesley College going.

The private liberal arts school is now trying to stabilize its financial situation and stay in the city.

Christiansen told WBOC that the institution has a large foot print with its main campus in the city.

That includes the Old Dover Library and former federal building with occupational therapy and nursing programs.

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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) - A police captain in Delaware has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he wasn't promoted to police chief because he's white.

WBOC-TV reports Dover police Capt. David Spicer filed the lawsuit Oct. 16 after his discrimination and retaliation complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was dismissed.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The post office in downtown Dover is moving to a new location.

The Postal Service is not renewing the lease at its current location. The lease on city-owned land is set to expire next year.

WBOC-TV reported Sunday that a deal is in place for the post office to take over the space formerly occupied by Chesapeake Utilities offices. A real-estate agent involved in the sale of the Queen Street property said an agreement on the property has been reached.

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Dover city council member Roy Sudler wants Mayor Robin Christiansen to step back as chair of the police chief search committee.

Sudler sent an email to the council president and other members pointing to recent remarks made by the mayor.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that during a January 9th meeting Christiansen said he was angered by a Facebook post made by a state representative asking why the appointment of Deputy Chief Marvin Malley as the next police chief has been delayed.  

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Dover’s Police Chief Paul Bernat is stepping down next year after two and a half years in office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will retire as of January 17th.

Before then Mayor Robin Christiansen plans to appoint an interim replacement by January 10th.

The Mayor told the News Journal that the town was going to miss Chief Bernatbnoting that there have been significant accomplishments.

He successfully added 10 more officers bringing the total number to 103.

He also reinstituted the department’s cadet program.

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Dover’s old library is up for sale with an appraisal of $1.6 million.

The city council members voted last week to seek a private real estate company to handle the deal.

WBOC reports that Mayor Robin Christiansen says there have been several offers in the past for the property.

The Mayor says that the building can be used as is and that it is in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

Dover Has a New Mayor

Jun 18, 2014
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former member of the Dover City Council is the city's new mayor.

Robin Christianson won a five-way special election Tuesday to serve the final year of former Mayor Carleton Carey's term. The term ends in May.

Election officials say Christianson received more than 39 percent of the vote.

Carey stepped down as mayor in April, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. .

The 63-year-old Christianson says he'll work hard to move the city forward.