With county council's approval, Vaughn Bond, a 25-year veteran of the New Castle County Police, will replace Elmer Setting, who retired in January

On Tuesday, March 21, New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer nominated Lt. Col. Vaughn M. Bond, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the New Castle County Police, to lead the organization permanently.

His nomination will be considered by New Castle County Council in the coming weeks.

Bond has served as Acting Chief since January, following the retirement of Elmer Setting.

Meyer said Bond has been an exceptional leader in the county's Department of Public Safety for over 25 years and has earned both the community’s trust and the respect of his fellow officers.

“There are serious public safety problems in various neighborhoods of our county. That is not acceptable. We have a leading police agency in the state. When you have a winning team, you go with that team," he said. "And our community is fortunate to be moving forward with a leader like Vaughn Bond."

Bond said he is very excited for the opportunity to lead such an outstanding organization as the New Castle County Police.

“I am surrounded by the most talented, innovative and creative minds in policing today," Bond said. "As Colonel, I will focus on strengthening our bond and building trust with the community.”

New Castle County Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick, 3rd District, said she is very happy with Bond's nomination.

"He has experience within this department and has been a proven leader within (the NCCPD) for many years," she said. "I look forward to voting on his appointment."

Councilman Tim Sheldon, 9th District, said Bond was a great choice for Setting's replacement.

"I have worked along side Chief Vaughn on projects in my district. He has always performed well and got the job done," Sheldon said.

Bond served as Deputy Chief of Police, and second in command of the New Castle County Division of Police, from July 2016, until being named Acting Chief in January.

He joined the New Castle County Police in 1991, earning promotions through the ranks and serving in supervisory and management roles for more than 13 years.

Bond has managed the Uniform Patrol Section and the Criminal Investigative Unit and recently served in the rank of Major as Commander of the agency’s Operations Branch.

A graduate of Delaware State University, Lieutenant Bond has completed more than 2,000 hours of specialized training, including from the West Point Command and Leadership Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives, according to a press release.

He is a highly decorated officer, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation and several letters of commendation, and was named as 1997 Crime Stoppers Detective of the Year, 1999 runner up for the Crime Stoppers Detective of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award. He has been recognized as a YMCA Black Achiever for his professional accomplishments and received the 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award by the Psi Iota Chapter of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.