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New Castle County names its first African American police chief

Mar 21, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn Bond is New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer’s pick to lead County Police.

If confirmed by County Council, Bond would become New Castle County’s first African American police chief.  He’s been serving as acting chief since January.


“When you have an acting head coach and the team is winning, you make him the permanent head coach," Meyer said.


Meyer adds he and Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Jennings looked hard at Bond’s complete body of work since 1991 – when he joined County police.

Bond address a crowd gathered for his nomination ceremony Tuesday.
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Meyer also cited Bond’s compassion and sensitivity in handling cases.


Bond graduated from Delaware State University with a psychology degree and says he’s committed ensuring officers receive the training they need, including mental health training.


“It’s just full circle that I would now find myself in the police department and having the ability to have some input and work alongside the numerous resources and great resources that we have here in New Castle County to deal with those individuals who are affected by mental illness, as well as their families," Bond said.


His younger sister Beverly attended his nomination ceremony – along with their parents.


She says her brother has always had a heart for community service, adding he’s also worked for Child Protective Services.


“He’s very humble as a person, he’s very humble, caring," Bond said. "He's always been self-motivated. I think he’d be excellent in this position.”


New Castle County Council is expected to vote on Bond’s nomination in the next few weeks.