Dover police chief search panel set to conduct interviews

DOVER — Interviews for the vacant Dover police chief position are on the agenda for Friday morning’s selection committee meeting at city hall.

The committee will recess into a closed door executive session inside the caucus room at 8:45 a.m. according to the schedule posted online at cityofdover.com.

Following the executive session listing an agenda item states “Potential action – Determining next steps in the recruitment process.”
In mid-November, Mayor Robin R. Christiansen said eight candidates remained from an initial field of 22 applicants coming from Delaware and out of state.

Since May 17, Deputy Chief Capt. Tim Stump has served as acting chief (replacing now-retired Marvin Mailey) and has indicated he will not apply for the permanent position.

Mayor Christiansen said earlier he hopes to introduce a candidate to city council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 9. A special council meeting will be called before the end of 2019 if needed, he said.

Other selection committee members include City Manager Donna S. Mitchell, Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins, Council President William F. Hare and Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee chairman Ralph L. Taylor Jr.

The chief can be paid up to $122,980 annually based on experience and qualifications.

Current unit commanders include Capt. Chad Bernat (Operations), Capt. David Spicer (Administrative), Lt. Todd Case (Criminal Investigations), Lt. Randy Robbins (Patrol), Lt. Kevin Kober (Special Enforcement) and Lt. Christopher Hermance (Internal Affairs).

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