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Bobby Cummings as Wilmington's permanent Chief of Police: Wise move? Logical?

After an extended period, Mayor Dennis Williams has decided to make his interim Chief of Police, Bobby Cummings, the permanent chief. (First reported this A.M., by WDEL's Amy Cherry; confirmed by the Mayor's office, finally, just before 3 P.M.)

So what do you think?

After so many months, an anticlimax?

Do you think this mayor was inclined to name Bobby Cummings all along, but felt obligated to take us through several months of political theater?

Or do you think Mayor Williams really did keep an open mind, seriously considered outside applicants, etc.?

Did the police union's vote of no confidence perhaps only harden the mayor's inclination to pick Cummings?

Most of all - considering the widely held view that the mayor is a micro-manager, particularly with regard to the Wilmington Police Department - is it not plausible that Williams picked Cummings because Cummings would dependably carry out the mayor's vision, and the mayor could not so easily assume an outsider would?

But can the WPD under Cummings show progress this summer in curbing the street violence?

Posted at 8:47am on May 29, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, May 29, 2014 9:41am
I think it was the Rolling Stones who said it best: "under my thumb..."

Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 29, 2014 10:13am
Only time will tell if he's any more successful than the other chiefs of police.

One question, is he the first Black police chief for Wilmington? If he is, maybe he'll be able to win more cooperation from those black neighborhoods in the city in reporting crime. My understanding is generally the inner-city black community members don't trust the police, so they tend to NOT be very helpful towards the police, thus helping the criminals thrive in those neigbhorhoods. If that is a correct understanding, then this new chief might have an edge where other chiefs wouldn't.

Again, time will tell.

Fri, May 30, 2014 12:15am
I think the sole reason Cummings got the job was because of the city's financial limitations, as an outsider would have commanded a much higher salary, especially if that person came from a big city like L.A. or Chicago.

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