DOVER, Del.- Maj. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. will be the next superintendent of Delaware State Police, it was announced Wednesday.
Gov. Jack A. Markell joined Lewis D. Schiliro, secretary of Safety and Homeland Security, in making the morning announcement in Dover.
McQueen, 46, assumes command of the state's largest police agency following the Dec. 21 retirement of Col. Robert M. Coupe. McQueen, a 24-year veteran of state police, most recently served as the major of operations for all New Castle County troops. He has held this position since 2009.
"When it comes to colonel, people expect the best," Markell said. "Maj. McQueen has, on numerous occasions, displayed real strength of leadership. He is well-known, well-respected and well-liked. He has worked thoughtfully at many levels and displayed competency, character and caring in working with others within the law enforcement community and the community at large."
Schiliro said McQueen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position.
"He is a proven and trusted leader who will provide guidance to the members of his executive staff and the hundreds of troopers under his command operating with integrity to serve the citizens of our state," Schiliro said.
McQueen joined the state police ranks in 1988 and has served in many leadership roles during his career. Leadership roles include operations manager managing all troops statewide; troop commander at Troop 1 Penny Hill, Troop 2 Bear, and Troop 9 Odessa; patrol lieutenant at Troop 3 Camden and deputy troop commander at Troop 2 CIU responsible for the Major Crimes Unit; Domestic Violence Unit; Polygraph Examiner; and Youth Aid Unit. In addition, McQueen worked as a patrol and detective sergeant and served as the DSP sketch artist. He was a member of the DSP Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the officer in-charge of the DSP Honor Guard Unit. In 1991, McQueen received the Delaware State Police Valor Award.
McQueen earned a bachelor of science degree in behavioral science from Wilmington University and a master of science degree in social work from Delaware State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Before joining state police, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
McQueen lives in Bear with his wife, Freda. He is the father of two children, Nathan and Nayla.
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