DOVER — Elmer Harris has been named the new chief of the Delaware Capitol Police, Nathaniel McQueen Jr., secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, announced Monday.
Chief Harris, with 39 years of police experience, was selected to lead the Capitol Police following the retirement of Chief Michael Hertzfeld. Chief Hertzfeld retires with 14 years of service with Capitol Police and 26 years total.
Family Court Judge Arlene Coppage administered the oath of office at a ceremony.
Chief Harris began his career in law enforcement in 1984 with the Wilmington Police Department and joined Delaware Capitol Police after retiring in 2017 as a corporal. He worked out of the New Castle County Courthouse. He was then promoted to the rank of major in September 2022, where he was in charge of the Kent and Sussex counties operations.
Chief Harris is a graduate of the 251st session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and a member of the International Association of Police Chiefs. Chief Harris is a military veteran, serving 13 years in the United States Army and Army Reserves.