Wilmington names new police chief

 Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington

Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington

The nationwide search for a new police chief in Wilmington has finally wrapped up.

 “I’d like to thank Mayor Williams for the honor and opportunity to serve the citizens of Wilmington as the next Chief of Police,” said Bobby Cummings.

On Thursday, Mayor Dennis Williams announced that Interim Police Chief Bobby Cummings will take on the position after applicants from across the country competed for the job. He starts his new role Friday.

“Bobby’s leadership, experience, and strong community ties make him uniquely qualified for this important position,” said Mayor Williams.

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According to Williams, “Bobby easily stood out” despite several candidates who were all looking to lead Wilmington’s police force.

“He is the best person for the job, and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead to provide increased safety to the citizens of Wilmington,” said Williams.

The announcement came in the form of a email news release late Thursday afternoon.Chief Cummings stepped into the role when former Police Chief Christine Dunning retired in January. He is no stranger to the Wilmington Police Department. The 29-year veteran has worked in almost every department within the station including the Special Operations Division and Crime Prevention Unit. Cummings’ work in law enforcement has earned him numerous awards and recognition throughout his career.

“The men and women of the Wilmington Police Department represent what’s best in law enforcement, and I am excited to work with them on forging stronger ties to the community in an effort to make our city safer,” said Chief Cummings.

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