Six candidates still in running for Dover Police chief

DOVER — Scratch the original timetable: Dover’s search for its next police chief won’t conclude this month.

Now, Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen hopes to present a candidate to city council in the first or second week of January.

Citing “such a good pool” of six remaining applicants the mayor said “We want to make sure we find the best fit for the City of Dover, so we are being very deliberate, very meticulous in the process.

“It’s a major decision and we don’t want to proceed without doing proper due diligence and I’m sure the public feels the same way about how it should be handled.”

The city’s selection committee spent Tuesday reviewing interviews conducted last week and evaluated other information, the mayor said. Dover’s Human Resources Department then began contacting candidates to schedule further interviews.

The mayor said five men and one woman remain in the running out of an original list of 22 applications during a nationwide search. Last week he described the candidates as “some local, some not local.”

WBOC reported last week that former Dover PD lieutenant, Delaware Attorney General candidate and U.S. Marshal Timothy P. Mullaney Sr. was among the finalists who interviewed.

Since May 17, Capt. Tim Stump has served as acting police chief following the retirement of Marvin Mailey. Capt. Stump said he would not apply for the permanent position.

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. City Clerk Traci McDowell has been involved in the process as well.

Current Dover PD 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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