Williams Administration Announces Retirement of Chief Dunning

Posted on  01/21/2014 12:50 pm

The Williams Administration announces the retirement of Chief of Police, Christine R. Dunning, who has accepted a position as an Executive Assistant II with New Castle County. Chief Dunning’s last day of city employment will be on Friday, January 24, 2014.

“As the City’s first ever female Chief of Police, Christine Dunning, served the City and citizens of Wilmington with distinction and honor. She tirelessly worked to combat crime and keep our neighborhoods safe. I worked closely with Chief Dunning throughout her career, and can attest to her passion for and dedication to the community. I thank her for her 27 years of service and commitment to the City of Wilmington. I appreciate her time with the Williams Administration, and welcome her to the ranks of distinguished retired officers,” said Mayor Williams.

During her tenure, Dunning, helped implement the new Situational Policing Strategy, which focuses on the Wilmington Police Department and the communities actively working together to build strong neighborhoods. She also successfully executed the City’s downtown deployment which increased the number of officers and the safety of Wilmington’s business district. Dunning also recently, implemented the new, sector deployment strategy throughout the City of Wilmington.

“It’s been an honor to serve the City of Wilmington as an officer with the Wilmington Police Department for the past 27 years. I would like to thank Mayor Williams for the tremendous opportunity and privilege to serve as the first female Chief of Police in the history of the Wilmington Police Department. I look forward to moving on to a new chapter in my life, and I am excited about the new challenges and opportunities that await,” said Chief Dunning.   

Prior to joining the Williams Administration in January 2013, Chief Dunning served as the commanding officer for Human Resources for the Wilmington Police Department, where she oversaw the hiring and training of personnel, budgeting, and accreditation processes.

Inspector Bobby Cummings will serve as the interim Chief of Police, and Inspector Victor Ayala will remain in his current position as the Inspector of Investigative Operations. The Wilmington Police Department will conduct a national search with the assistance of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) for a new Chief of Police. The Williams Administration with also call a committee of law enforcement professionals to oversee the process.