The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, at its community meeting Thursday, interviewed and voted to submit to Mayor Mike Duggan three candidates for consideration as Chief of Police.

The candidates are 

  • Michael Cox, City of Ann Arbor Chief of Police
  • Robert Dunlap, Wayne County Sheriff's Chief of Jails & Court Operations, and
  • James White, Interim City of Detroit Chief of Police.

Under the City Charter, the Board is mandated to lead the search for police chief. The Board began acting on its mandate when Chief James Craig announced his retirement in June.

The community meeting was the Board's first since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a global shutdown of most activity. Located in the 5th Precinct service area, Northeast Integrated Health of CNS Healthcare hosted the meeting.

In selecting candidates for police chief, the Board hired an experienced, nationally respected search firm to assist with its mandate. TJA Staffing Services of Detroit handled the job posting, collected resumes, vetted candidates, and provided other services that helped the Board select five finalists for interviews. Two candidates later withdrew from consideration.

BOPC meetings can be viewed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. on City TV Channel 21. Video is also available on demand at


BOPC SealCreated by the 1974 City Charter, the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has supervisory authority and oversight over the Police Department. Under the 2012 Charter, the Board is comprised of 11 civilian members; Detroiters elect seven members by district, and the mayor appoints and the city council confirms four at-large members. All board members serve as unpaid volunteers. The current members are Linda Bernard, Willie E. Bell, Darryl D. Brown, Shirley A. Burch, Willie E. Burton, Lisa Carter, William M. Davis, Jesus Hernandez, Jim Holley, Annie Holt, and Martin Jones. The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meets weekly on Thursday at 3 p.m. on due to the public health precautions during the pandemic. For the Board meeting schedule, video, minutes, and other information, visit the website at