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Governor Markell Appoints Experienced Law Enforcement Member as New Castle County Sheriff

Date Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Categories:  Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) Office of the Governor

Samuel Pratcher, Jr. spent over two decades in uniformed service

Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell today announced the appointment of Samuel Pratcher, Jr., a former Wilmington Police Chief and U.S. Air Force veteran to the position of New Castle County Sheriff. Pratcher succeeds Trinidad Navarro, who won election as the next State Insurance Commissioner last month. Pratcher joined the Wilmington Police Department in 1972, and over his 25 years in uniform he served 12 years in supervisory roles, including as Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs and the Traffic Division, as Inspector with responsibility for all Uniformed Operations, and as Chief from 1993 to 1997. His most recent professional experience includes more than a decade in leadership positions in the City of Wilmington’s Department of Human Resources, as Deputy Director (2001-2011) and Director (2011-2013). While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Pratcher was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

“Sam has dedicated his life’s work to serving the residents of our community,” said Governor Markell. “His law enforcement and human resources experience not only gives him excellent qualifications to be County Sheriff, but also valuable insight into the ways he can help address the needs of the many Delawareans in vulnerable positions with whom he and his staff will interact each day.”

In addition to his professional roles, Pratcher has served the community as President of the Browns Boys and Girls Club, Board member of the Kingswood Community Center and Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation, and President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

“I would like to thank Governor Jack Markel for appointing me to fill this position,” Pratcher said. “I am grateful for the confidence that Governor Markell has in me, and I pledge to this position the best that is in me. I am fully aware of the duty I owe to the citizens of the State of Delaware and New Castle County and shall discharge that duty to the best of my ability.”

Pratcher received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University.

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