Dover police chief Mailey officially announces retirement

Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, right, offers words of appreciation to outgoing Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey during a news conference in the mayor’s office Tuesday morning.

DOVER — Mayor Robin R. Christiansen said whimsically there’s no crying in his office.

On Tuesday morning, departing Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey came close.

With tears welling in his eyes, 52-year-old Chief Mailey explained that it’s time to retire after 25 years of public service.

“They always (say) you know when it’s time to go and it’s time for me to go,” he said during a news conference at City Hall, cheerfully adding that he was not forced out.

Mayor Christiansen described the moment as a time of “sadness” for him and Dover residents, and “The only thing we can be sure of in this lifetime is change, and so, it continues to remain true.

Continuing with prepared remarks, Mayor Christiansen said “For two years it has been a pleasure to work on a daily basis as part of the team with the chief and the men and women of the Dover Police Department, to make our city a safe place to live, work and play.”

Deputy Chief Tim Stump will be Dover PD’s interim leader effective at 4 p.m. May 17. He was not available to comment until then, the city said.

Mayor Christiansen said a nationwide search will commence and a selection made after June 1 following budget hearings.

Future plans were private, Chief Mailey said.

Expressing that the “job has been tough,” Chief Mailey said the position inherently kept him on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Later Tuesday he planned to clean his garage and play golf, as he thanked family members he will now spend more time with for their sacrifice.

When he took the chief’s position two years ago, the city was experiencing deadly gun violence often related to the drug trade. A strategic plan to aggressively police gangs ensued, along with reaching out to the community to help lessen issues through cooperation. Chief Mailey said he will miss the partnerships formed over the years.

Resident Gilbert Conde noted the chief’s impact on neighborhoods across the city, explaining that “When anything went down good or bad, he was always there.”

Pastor Rita Mishoe Paige and Fourth District Councilman Roy Sudler Jr. also thanked the chief for his time in the position. Pastor Mishoe Paige touched on Chief Mailey’s support of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Social Action Commission.

“You have connected with everyone … We’re going to miss you,” she said.

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