Dover police chief retiring

DOVER — Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey’s retirement will become official Tuesday when his interim replacement is announced at a press conference.

The city announced the upcoming change Friday.

Mayor Robin R. Christiansen will hold the press conference at 11 a.m. at City Hall at 15 Loockerman Plaza.

Deputy Chief Maj. Tim Stump is the department’s second in charge. Unit commanders include Capt. Chad Bernat, Capt. Dave Spicer, Lt. Todd Case, Lt. Randy Robbins, Lt. Kevin Kober and Lt. Christopher Hermance.

Chief Mailey, through a spokesman, declined comment until next week’s press conference and the city requested no questions until then.

Early this year, Chief Mailey, 52, indicated he planned to retire in July. He said at the time he planned to move into a non-law enforcement career.

He was sworn in as police chief in May 2017, becoming the first African-American to lead Dover’s force that was established in 1925.

“I think it’s more significant for young people to know that they have an opportunity to aspire to become what they want to become, and I don’t take that lightly,” Chief Mailey said at the time. “I know I have big shoes to fill and that’s why I work so hard to try and honor the position.

“It’s very important to me and my family. It is an honor being the Dover police chief. I have a great agency. I know that I have a high standard to keep up and to follow all the previous chiefs.”

Chief Mailey began as a Dover Police patrol officer in 1993. He served as deputy chief beginning in April 2014 and was named acting police chief when Paul M. Bernat retired from the top post on Jan. 9, 2017.
Originally from New York, Chief Mailey began working as a Delaware correctional officer in 1989.

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