Mailey needs to fill six top slots

Newly-appointed Chief of Police Marvin Mailey plans to interview candidates for a number of staff positions during the week of May 22.

Mailey needs to select a deputy chief to fill his former position and name six officers to head up support functions in the department. He has not indicated how he might shuffle the positions, however, it’s not unusual for senior staff to switch jobs when a new chief takes over.

Generally, the task includes an oral interview with Mailey and the city manager, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said, taking into account the candidates’ resumes and performance evaluations.

It’s not an easy job and Mailey said he’s got a lot of work to take care of before making any decisions.

“I have to do interviews and after I do my interviews, I’ll announce them,” he said shortly after being sworn in.

The final decision as to who gets the promotion is up to Mailey, Hoffman said.

The senior staff currently includes Capt. Tim Stump, Administrative Division commander, Capt. David Spicer, Operations Division commander, Lt. Chad Bernat, Criminal Investigations Unit commander, Lt. Chris Hermance, Special Enforcement Unit commander, Lt. Kevin Kober, Internal Affairs Unit commander and Lt. Todd Case, Patrol Unit commander.

Fourteenth chief of police

Mailey, a 24-year veteran of the Dover Police Department, was sworn in May 10 as the city of Dover’s 14th chief of police.

The entire ceremony, which took less than 25 minutes saw Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen administer the oath of office, with Mailey’s wife, Charlene, holding the Bible and his children, Michael, Cory and Amber, watching from front row seats.

Officers from the department and from law enforcement agencies up and down the state were in attendance, many congratulating Mailey afterward with handshakes or hugs.

Two of his predecessors, former chiefs James L. Hutchison Sr. and Jeffrey Horvath were in the audience. Former chief Paul M. Bernat, whose retirement in January prompted the five-month search that resulted in Mailey’s elevation to the top job, was out of town and unable to attend.

In his first official address as chief, Mailey said he was humbled by the support and well-wishes he’s received over the past week.

“When I began my career 24 years ago, I never thought this was possible,” he said. “As you gain experience and rise through the ranks in your career, you look forward to the opportunity to advance, but never did I see myself in this position.”

In his time on the force, he’s experienced the highs and lows of being a police officer, from solving crimes to enduring sometimes unwarranted criticism of the profession, Mailey said. He credited his family with helping him reach the top.

Promise from the top

The chief also told members of the department he would work on their behalf.

“I promise to be forward thinking and never stop seeing new and innovative ways to improve our agency, protect our officers and protect those we serve every day,” he said.

In a separate interview afterward, Mailey said he feels “charged up” and ready to get to work.

“I’m excited for the future,” he said, acknowledging there are challenges ahead.

Mailey acknowledged two of Dover’s biggest problems also will be the most difficult to solve: violence and the plethora of guns on the streets.

“I think it’s a mixture of enforcement, community outreach and educating the community,” he said. Dover residents can help the police by not tolerating crime, by calling for law enforcement when it’s needed and to not become involved in crime themselves.

Once Dover’s residents understand the police are there to help them by enforcing the law, strong bonds can develop between law enforcement and the city’s neighborhoods.

His ultimate goal, Mailey said, is to prevent crimes before they occur.

The chief also noted the drug trade, specifically heroin, drives a lot of the crime and violence in the city.

But Mailey also believes those problems can be overcome.

“I’ve got great people,” he said. “I’ve got the best people in the world here, and they work hard. They believe in me and I believe in them.

“That’s a recipe for success.”