Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed David B. Mitchell Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in May of 2004. Secretary Mitchell oversees the Delaware State Police, Capitol Police, the Office of Highway Safety, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.
Secretary Mitchell’s law enforcement career spans more than three decades. He began his career in 1971 as a Police Officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland and in 1990 was appointed Chief of Police. For the next five years he led the 38th largest police department in the nation that served a population of over 700,000 people. Between 1995 and 2003, Secretary Mitchell was appointed Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, then the seventh largest state police department in the nation.
Secretary Mitchell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland’s School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.