- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Lt. Col. Vaughn Bond Jr. has become the first African-American to lead the New Castle County Police Department.

County Executive-elect Matt Meyer announced this week that Bond will serve as interim police chief.

He replaces Chief Col. Elmer Setting, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Meyer said in a statement that Bond is an experienced and able leader who has earned the community’s trust and respect of his fellow officers. He joined the police force in 1991 and is a graduate of Delaware State University.

Earlier this year, Bond was promoted to lieutenant colonel, the second-highest rank an officer can achieve in the department and the highest rank ever held by an African-American officer in the department’s 203-year history.

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