Dover police chief search panel meets Wednesday

DOVER — After two postponements, the Dover Police Chief Search Committee is scheduled to meet for the first time next Wednesday at City Hall.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The committee reserves the right to move to a closed session if personnel and/or legal issues arise.

Mayor Robin Christiansen, who oversees the police department, said Wednesday he and the four other committee members will discuss what job qualifications, duties and benefits should be included when the position is advertised.

“I expect everyone on the committee to provide their input,” he said. “I would have it no other way.”

Other committee members include City Council President Timothy A. Slavin, Councilman and Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee Chairman James Hosfelt, City Manager Scott Koenig and City Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins.

While the mayor ultimately has the final say in who to present as a nomination to city council, he said he believes everyone on the committee will be in agreement when that choice is made.

City Council must vote to approve the nomination.

The City of Dover is seeking a replacement for Chief of Police Paul Bernat who announced his retirement in December 2016.

Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey has been in charge of the department since the Mr. Bernat departed on Jan. 17.

The mayor has pledged to conduct a national search for the new chief, while acknowledging strong candidates within the police department and encouraging them to apply.

The goal is to post the job notice as soon as possible, he said.

Mayor Christiansen said he hopes to have a replacement in place by the end of April.

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