Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces interim police chief
Mayor Mike Duggan will announce his selection of an interim Police Chief to replace Detroit Police Chief James Craig at a news conference on Monday at 2:00 pm.
Watch the press conference here.
Craig, who announced his resignation last week, will officially retire on June 1st after eight years in the top job of the Detroit Police Department.
The Board of Police Commissioners will conduct a search to identify a list of candidates from which Duggan will select a permanent replacement. Duggan’s final selection must be approved by the Detroit City Council.
Craig previously said that the interim boss will most likely be an internal decision. If Duggan elects an interim chief before leaving on June 1, the two will work together to ease the transition.
Detroit Police officers and members of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners will also attend the press conference.
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Craig, 64, is a native of Detroit and joined the Detroit Police Department for a brief period in 1977 before leaving the department due to downsizing to join the Los Angeles Police Department, where he stayed for 28 years and was promoted to captain .
Following his resignation from the LAPD, Craig was named chief of the Portland, Maine Police Department, where he served for two years before moving to the Cincinnati Police Department, where he stayed for another two years, before returning to Detroit in 2013 .
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Craig wants to run for governor as Republican, a senior GOP official who has been approved by the Free Press.
“Craig recently spoke with the chairman of the Republican Governors Association,” a person familiar with the discussion told the Free Press.
Tresa Baldas, Dave Boucher and Miriam Marini contributed to this story.
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