Dover police chief nominee named Thursday

DOVER — The long-awaited presentation of a new Dover police chief nominee is scheduled for Thursday at City Hall.

City council will meet in closed session to discuss the candidate introduced by Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, and be provided with the applicant’s resume and job application.

The special council session to follow, also at 15 Loockerman Way, is open to the public.

A majority vote by the eight-member city council is required to accept the recommendation, which was vetted by a police chief selection committee as required by city code.

The selection committee is scheduled as a closed door meeting at 4:30 p.m. before Mr. Christiansen introduces the candidate’s name and qualifications to council.

Dover Deputy Police Chief Major Marvin Mailey at the Police Chief Selection Committee at Dover City Hall on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey has overseen police operations as ranking officer since Paul Bernat retired in January.

Earlier, the mayor said seven applicants had been offered opportunity to interview with the selection committee. A nationwide search was conducted and the finalists were from inside and outside the Dover Police Department.

The mayor determined the candidate to bring before council after discussion with fellow selection committee members Councilmen President Tim Slavin and James Hutchison, Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins and acting City Manager Donna Mitchell.

Original committee members Jim Hosfelt (elected to Kent County Levy Court) and City Manager Scott Koenig (retired) left city government during the process and were replaced by Mr. Hutchison and Ms. Mitchell.

The mayor said professional standards were applied in the quest for a leading police chief choice “with due respect to the privacy of the candidates.”

Mr. Christiansen said he was enthused to present a police chief candidate, and hoped that the city could soon focus efforts on filling vacant city manager and planner positions, and whatever else might come open.

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