Marvin Mailey Named As Dover Police Chief

Dover – The City of Dover is proud to announce that Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey has been named Police Chief for the City of Dover.

This comes on the cusp of the retirement of former Police Chief Paul Bernat who announced his retirement on December 20, 2016. After the announced retirement of Chief Bernat, Mayor Robin R. Christiansen was adamant on following the process that the Dover City Council put in place.

A committee was formed and started meeting, accepted 34 applications from across the country, six individuals were interviewed and by majority vote of the committee Mailey prevailed. We followed through on the hiring process exactly as laid out.

“I am pleased that we have come to the end of the process that we followed in good faith and were able to agree that Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey will make an outstanding chief and continue to lead Dover in the right direction. I look forward to swearing him in as Dover’s 14th Police Chief.” stated Mayor Robin R. Christiansen.

Deputy Chief Marvin Mailey hails from New York and came to Delaware in 1989 where he began working as a correctional officer. Mailey has been with Dover Police Department for almost 24 years and stated, “I am honored that Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, the Dover City Council and the hiring committee have faith in me. I know we have a lot of work to do, but I am ready to take on this challenge.”

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