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Christine Dunning exits Wilmington Police Chief

After a couple of months of uncertainty & backpedaling, the word leaks out on the day of a snowstorm (coincidence?): Christine Dunning is out as Wilmington's Chief of Police, successor unknown... looks like the mayor may look far outside Delaware for a replacement.

In that sense, the mayor is coming full-circle, as candidate-for-mayor Dennis Williams had promised to seek an outsider. So he broke one campaign promise with his elevation of Dunning, but fulfilled another promise by promoting a woman to a high-ranking position. Then came the unrelenting streak of street shootings in the city, still not licked.

The new Chief of Police will be tasked with the implementation of the mayor's new framework which designates sixty patrol officers and supervisors to each sector.

UPDATE (1:20 P.M.): The Williams administration has now sent out a press release about Dunning's departure, calling it a "retirement". And the Mayor's office says the administration will conduct a nationwide search for Dunning's successor.

And minutes later, Attorney General Beau Biden's office issued a statement applauding the mayor for seeking "new leadership". (Doubtless, Williams told Beau Biden about the change during their recent meeting.)


Posted at 11:44am on January 21, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 12:31pm
At least he's finally doing something. The article on WDEL.com mentioned he's also appealing to the County and State for help. Hopefully not just for money, but working together to rid the city/county/state of these thugs.

Tue, Jan 21, 2014 6:58pm
Dunning was a spectacular officer and I am glad she will be working for the county. She is positive and that should be a good fit for the county. In hindsight, it appears the current needs of Wilmington did not match her talents. She is a builder, and the foundation was too broken to build upon...

There are a lot more pieces left unsaid about the inside dealings within the Wilmington Police, and they will gradually come out over the next two years... That said, I'm glad she will be sticking around...

Tue, Jan 21, 2014 7:31pm
This typical American management practice: When in doubt, fire somebody. Nobody seems to know what the cause of the problem is, let alone how to fix it. There is not even any certainty that the problem can be addressed by policing. Solving the problem may not even be possible for any police chief (but no politician can admit that some problems can't be solved).

But in any case, they just fired the person most likely to identify a solution. Whatever she has done so far, whether it has worked or not, has taught her something. A nationwide search brings in somebody with an over-sized ego and an excess of hubris, who will start cold - back at square one.

Only question is how long before the next one gets fired?

In case anybody wonders why the U.S. is no longer number one, the answer is because nobody pays any attention to W. Edwards Deming.

Wed, Jan 22, 2014 4:38am
The continued legacy of Murray v. Curlett.

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