YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — As quickly as York City lost a police commissioner, it got a new one.
Mayor Michael Helfrich made the announcement on Monday that a former York City police officer, Michal Muldrow, will take over the role.
It was a homecoming straight to the heart for the new commissioner.
“I can honestly tell you that this is a dream. I appreciate being here, like I said, ‘I’m just trying not to cry right now,'” Commissioner Muldrow said.
The new commissioner has 20 years of experience, four of which he served alongside his father in York.
Before the mayor made the announcement, he acknowledged a “vacuum on information” left behind after former Commissioner Osborne “Mo” Robinson stepped down from the position after just under a year in the role.
“It’s very difficult whenever there is any kind of breakup, whenever there is any kind of relationship that you decide to go your separate ways,” Helfrich said.
Mayor Helfrich said he and Robinson will release a joint statement in the near future, but for now, details are limited.
“That’s a difficult thing with me trying to be an open person and an open elected official — sometimes the attorneys, the other folks, they tell me, ‘hey, you just can’t say things,” Helfrich said.
Commissioner Muldrow on the other hand, has a lot to say. For the last 12 years, he served as the Chief of Police for York School District. He said he will bring those lessons to the job, but his first priority will be building department morale.
“If they want to come to work, they’re going to give their best and give their all, all the time,” Muldrow said.
Mayor Helfrich believes he’s giving the city his best through Muldrow’s appointment.
“I hope that you will agree that what comes out of this short period of this vacuum of information is that we have a better York today,” Helfrich said.
“I’m ready to get to work,” Muldrow said.
Muldrow’s first day in his new role is Oct. 21.
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