There’s been speculation for the past few days surrounding Chief James Craig. And it’s regarding his future with the Detroit Police Department (DPD). Last Friday, local Detroit journalist Charlie LeDuff reported that DPD Chief James Craig plans to resign and announce his campaign to run for Governor of Michigan.
Craig announced his retirement from the DPD but did not entirely confirm his campaign for Governor of Michigan. Craig will step down on June 1st. However, Craig has spent the last few days meeting with GOP Members about campaigning against Whitmer.
Before coming to Detroit, Craig first served in the Los Angeles Police Department for 27 years. He eventually became city’s police chief in 2009 for one year. Afterwards, Craig moved to Portland, Maine, serving as the police chief from 2009 to 2011. While in Portland, he created a platform in Old Port, where bars could text police about customers who were causing trouble in the bars. Other places like Las Vegas copied the platform for people who were cheating in the casinos. Following Portland, he relocated to Cincinnati for the same role, a position he held until 2011, before coming home and serving as Detroit’s police chief since 2013.
Ahead of the expected retirement announcement, James Craig made a Fox News appearance. Craig garnered national recognition following Detroit’s police response to social unrest following the murder of George Floyd. Craig spoke about how the department has worked with its community and their partners. “You can’t wait for something bad to happen,” he said, adding later, “We had strong relationships here.”
During Monday’s press conference, Mayor Mike Duggan praised Craig for his leadership throughout the years. He also mentioned they are working with the committee to announce the interim Chief that will take his place.
The big question that everyone was asking surrounded the rumor that he will be running for Governor of the State of Michigan against Gretchen Whitmer. Craig did comment to media on this stating, “I have not made the decision but I am no ruling it out.”