Dover mayor, selection committee choose new police chief

January 10, 2020 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials in Delaware’s capital city have chosen a new chief of police for the city’s force.

The candidate, who hasn’t been publicly identified, accepted the job on Tuesday afternoon, Delaware State News reported. At least five affirmative city council votes will be needed at Monday night’s meeting in order to officially approve the hire. The candidate will be identified at that time.

Twenty-two applicants, some from outside Dover, were vying the position. The pool was narrowed down to six finalists by Tuesday when Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, who oversees the police department, and a selection committee met in closed session to make their choice, the news outlet said. The mayor said he felt confident the candidate selected will be approved by council.

The previous chief, Marvin Mailey, retired in May and the department has been led by Capt. Tim Stump in the interim. Stump has said he’s not seeking the job permanently, according to Delaware State News.