Detroit mayor names James White interim police chief

James White is former Detroit assistant police chief

White will take on the role following the retirement of Chief James Craig June 1.

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday announced former assistant police chief James White has been named the city’s interim police chief.

White, who left the Detroit Police Department last year to become director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, will fill the role left by Chief James Craig, who announced his retirement effective this June. White’s tenure as interim chief starts June 1.

Duggan’s announcement made during a news conference Monday comes nearly one week after current Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced that he would be retiring from his role this summer after serving the department for eight years.

With an interim police chief selected, the board of police commissioners will then “conduct a search to identify a list of candidates from which the Mayor will select a permanent replacement, who also must be confirmed by Detroit city council,” a press release reads Monday.

White said during Monday’s news conference that he is competing for the job as he plans to “work harder than anyone” to prove he’s the man for the position.

Meanwhile, in what he called a “bittersweet” moment, Craig said his choice to retire is voluntary and that his last day will be on June 1 -- the month that will mark his 44th year in law enforcement.

Watch: Chief Craig announces retirement from Detroit Police Department

When rumors of Craig’s retirement began circulating, so, too, did rumors of his potential political future.

Sources say that Craig is considering a run for Michigan governor as a Republican in the next gubernatorial election. Craig did not confirm such rumors, saying he has not committed to the idea just yet.

“I have not made that decision. I am not ruling it out. There’s an appropriate time and I will get past this and then I will come out with a decision,” Craig said during an exclusive Local 4 interview last week. “I am deeply passionate for public service.”

Watch: Detroit police chief talks retirement, experience, next steps

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