Delaware has a new top cop, as Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. officially assumed command of the state’s largest police agency, Thursday.
A 24-year veteran of the Delaware State Police, McQueen most recently oversaw operations for Troopers statewide.
“When it comes to a Colonel, people expect a leader with integrity, character and good judgment. Colonel McQueen has a reputation for being able to relate to anyone and has already displayed strength of leadership as a strong manager.” said Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del. “I am confident he is fully prepared for this position and will serve the Delaware State Police and the people of Delaware well.”
“I am truly blessed and honored by the privilege to serve as the 25th Superintendent of the Delaware State Police,” said Col. McQueen, who appeared emotionally moved at times. “As we approach our 90th anniversary, we will continue to enhance the quality of life for all Delaware citizens and visitors by providing professional, competent law enforcement services.”
Col. McQueen says his vision moving forward is to focus on strengthening community partnerships and reducing crime, through outreach and with advances in technology to achieve his goals.
McQueen takes the reigns from Col. Robert Coupe, who announced his retirement last month.
“As I exit, I am both proud of what this agency has accomplished and excited for its future under the leadership and guidance of Col. McQueen,” extolled Col. Coupe.
McQueen lives in Bear with his wife, Freda and two children, Nathan and Nayla.