Dover Police Department eyes remake of senior staff

DOVER — A new chief is in place, but the Dover Police Department still has significant personnel decisions to make.

With previously second-in-charge Marvin Mailey named the city’s top cop last week the senior staff will be remade through interviews, resume reviews and evaluations.

The final call on selections for deputy chief, major, lieutenant and captain rests solely with Chief Mailey. Oral board interviews involving the chief and city manager will be conducted the week of May 22.

Dover Police policy dictates that the city manager — Donna Mitchell is currently serving in an interim basis — will join in conducting interviews with qualified candidates.

“The interview will consist of questions that pertain to the candidate’s overall qualification and suitability for the rank that is being applied for,” according to the city.

Marvin Mailey

Also, “promotions to the rank of lieutenant, captain and major may occur at any time and without notice of any kind, other provisions of this order notwithstanding.”

The No. 2 deputy chief position is not advertised. Chief Mailey declined comment on Friday as “it would be inappropriate for him to comment on personnel matters,” Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

As for the chief, he will move into the office previously held by Paul Bernat, who retired in January. The office is approximately 15 feet away from his former deputy chief work space.

Chief Mailey oversaw police operations as deputy chief upon Mr. Bernat’s departure four months ago.

Current Executive Staff Command Unit leaders include Capt. Dave Spicer (Operations), Capt. Tim Stump (Administrative), Lt. Chad Bernat (Criminal Investigations), Lt. Kevin Kober (Internal Affairs), Lt. Chris Hermance (Special Enforcement) and Lt. Todd Case (Patrol).

The city manager and planner positions are vacant with the recent departures of Scott Koenig and Ann Marie Townshend, respectively.

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