We have been blessed to have had several good police Chiefs in my hometown. This fellow looks good too …. time will tell. I shall meet with him next month just to introduce myself and wish him well.
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Late Monday night, Dover city officials finalized the selection of Upper Darby (Pa.) Police Department Capt. Thomas A. Johnson Jr. as its next police chief.
Mayor Robin R. Christiansen provided a presentation of officer Johnson’s candidacy; he’s currently captain of the department’s training and professional standards unit with 14 years of leadership experience.
Councilmen/selection committee members Ralph Taylor Jr. and William F. Hare followed with their positive reviews of the nominee.
A press conference to introduce the new chief was scheduled to be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the mayor’s office in City Hall. It was to be a media only event due to limited space, the city said.
Dover Police has an authorized strength of 101 uniformed officers; the department currently has 95 active and five in the police academy and scheduled to graduate in February. There are also 36 civilian members of the department.
Local enforcement has been challenged by a surge of recent shootings (leaving one fatal victim and nine other persons injured) in the city – 13 since Dec. 23. Ten occurred within Dover city limits, three in Delaware State Police jurisdiction.
On Jan. 7, a candidate was offered the chief’s position and accepted. An original pool of 22 candidates had been whittled to six – five men and a woman, Mayor Christiansen said.
Other selection committee members include City Manager Donna S. Mitchell, Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins, Council President Mr. Hare and Safety Advisory and Transportation Committee chairman Mr. Taylor Jr. City Clerk Traci McDowell has been involved in the process as well.
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