Capt. Timothy Stump has been promoted to major and the role of deputy chief of police.

Dover Chief of Police Marvin Mailey on Tuesday announced his picks for the department’s senior staff.

The second ranking officer in the department will be Timothy Stump, who has been promoted from captain to major and will serve as deputy chief of police, Mailey said in a press release.

Stump previously served as commander of the department’s administrative division.

It has taken Mailey an unusually long time to make his picks.

Immediately after assuming the job as police chief May 10, Mailey said that by May 22 he would begin the process of filling the deputy chief position as well as six other senior slots.

But shortly afterward he confirmed the process had been put on hold.

“We have an internal situation within the police department that is holding up the interviews,” Mailey said early in June.

“That’s pretty much all I’m allowed legally to say,” Mailey said at the time.

The Dover Post was unable to confirm reports an employee grievance within the department was at the root of the delay.

That situation, however, was resolved earlier this month, allowing the selection process to move forward, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said

That process, which took place over a period of several days during the week of July 17, included oral interviews with each candidate, conducted by Mailey and Acting City Manager Donna Mitchell. There also was a review of candidate résumés and performance evaluations.

The appointments were announced internally July 24, Hoffman said.

Other promotions and reassignments approved by Mailey include:

- Lt. Chad Bernat has been promoted to captain and will assume Stump’s former position. Bernat is the brother of now-retired Chief of Police Paul M. Bernat.

- Lt. Todd Case will move to fill Bernat’s former role as commander of the Criminal Investigation Unit.

- Sgt. David Boney has been promoted to lieutenant and will command the department’s Patrol Unit.

Hoffman said Capt. David Spicer will remain in his role as Operations Division commander, while Lts. Chris Hermance and Kevin Kober will retain their jobs as Special Enforcement Unit commander and Internal Affairs Unit commander.

Mailey had previously promoted Master Cpl. David Gist of the motorcycle unit to the rank of sergeant, moving him to the department’s patrol unit as a shift supervisor. Cpl. Pete Martinek moved up to master corporal with Gist’s promotion, Hoffman said.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen sent his congratulations to the new promotees.

“I expect they will do an outstanding job as I and the citizens of Dover expect them to do,” Christiansen said.

The mayor noted this was the final act in a process set in motion back in February when former Chief Bernat announced his retirement. A nationwide process to recruit qualified candidates was set in motion, with those candidates reviewed and interviewed by a selection board chaired by himself.

It was a process that worked as intended, Christiansen said.

“Everything was followed to the letter of the law, including the selection of subordinate officers within the department,” he said.