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James White returns to Detroit Police as Interim Police Chief

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Detroit has an interim police chief.

James White returns to the department after a few months as executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. White was an assistant police chief in the city for seven years under outgoing chief James Craig.

White says he will seek the permanent job and gave praise to his predecessor.

“I'll certainly take a lot of what he's instilled in me and taught me about leadership. He is really one of the smartest police minds I've ever had the privilege of working with, but I will do James White. I will not do James Craig.”

Current Chief James Craig announced his resignation last week.  The Board of Police Commissioners will be working with a search firm to find candidates for the position. Recommendations are expected to be made to the mayor within the next two to three months.