Swearing in of Police Chief Gerald Simpson, December 13th, 7:30 PM at the Township building.
(Text from the Kennett Paper.)
In just a few weeks, New Garden Township chief of police Larry Dampman can finally start planning his retirement. On Monday night, the New Garden Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to hire Gerald Simpson as Dampman’s replacement, effective Dec. 13 According to board chairman Bob Norris, Simpson served as chief in West Grove Borough for a brief time in the 1980s before transferring to Newark, Del., where he currently serves as head of criminal investigations and holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In total, Simpson has over 26 years as a law enforcement agent under his belt, according to Norris. In his brief statement to the public, Simpson said the decision to leave Newark was not an easy one, but that he was looking forward to beginning a new phase of his career in the township. “One of the things I’ve looked for throughout my career is working in a professional environment that believes in cooperation and reaching out to the community and working with each other, and I believe I found that here,” he said. Of his career in Newark over the last 23 years, Simpson said he’s served in several capacities, from first response to criminal/internal investigations to supervising patrol shifts. He added that his work with the Newark Youth Police Academy, a community program that targets with an interest in law enforcement, was a particular point of pride for him. Simpson is a recent graduate of the FBI’s national academy, a distinction which said was his proudest career achievement before being hired at New Garden. “I’m looking very much forward to working with the men and women of the New Garden Police Department, and working as a team as we try to address public safety issues in this township,”