Wilmington mayor talks new police chief

 Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams (File/ NewsWorks)

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams (File/ NewsWorks)

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams will have a major announcement to make in the weeks ahead.

On Wednesday, Williams stopped by WHYY’s studio in Wilmington, where he spoke about crime trends and a new program designed to stanch criminal behavior entitled “Cure Violence.” The new anti-crime program is slated to begin later this month, and could be followed by another significant unveiling: the results of a national search for Wilmington’s new police chief.

“There’ll be a chief by the first week of May,” Williams said on Wednesday.

While Williams hesitated to disclose additional details about the search for a chief, other city leaders have made statements about their preferences for the top cop slot.

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On last week’s episode of “First,” Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory issued support for Acting Chief Bobby Cummings. Cummings took the helm of the approximately 300-member department after Chief Christine Dunning retired in January.

Dunning, a 27-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department, now works as an assistant to New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon.

Tune into First this Friday at 5:30 p.m and again at 11:00 p.m to hear Mayor Williams’ thoughts on the police chief search, crime and the local economy.

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