City of Detroit: Wayne State and Ilitch School DPDLA grad James E. White named interim chief of police
Mayor Mike Duggan announced James E. White will be interim chief of the Detroit Police Department when Chief James Craig retires at the end of the month. White earned a B.A. in sociology from Wayne State in 2012 and a graduate certificate in business in 2018 through the Mike Ilitch School of Business Detroit Police Department Leadership Academy (DPDLA). He is a career police officer who rose through the ranks to become assistant chief of police before he was selected by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to lead the Department of Civil Rights.
Mayor Duggan met with several current and former DPD executives he was considering for the role before selecting White. “The level of talent within DPD, and that has come through DPD, is extraordinary and each of the individuals I met with are deeply respected and would make outstanding interim Chiefs,” said Mayor Duggan. “However, James White has the depth and breadth of experience that I feel have prepared him to lead this department forward. He has my full support as well as the full support of every member of City Council and Board of Police Commissioners.”