Governor Jack Markell has appointed a veteran law enforcement official to fill out the term of Trinidad Navarro as New Castle County Sheriff. Samuel Pratcher, Jr., is the former chief of the Wilmington Police Department, where he spent 25 years and he is also a US Air Force Veteran.
Navarro is leaving his post as sheriff after being elected state insurance commissioner in November, an office he will take this month. Pratcher will serve out the two years remaining in Navarro’s term, which he was reelected to in 2014.
Pratcher served 12 years in supervisory roles in the Wilmington PD, including as Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs and the Traffic Division, as Inspector with responsibility for all Uniformed Operations, and as Chief from 1993 to 1997. Most recently, he worked in the City of Wilmington’s Department of Human Resources, as Deputy Director (2001-2011) and Director (2011-2013). While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Pratcher was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
In addition to his professional roles, Pratcher has served the community as President of the Browns Boys and Girls Club, Board member of the Kingswood Community Center and Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation, and President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
“I pledge to this position the best that is in me,” said Pratcher. “I am fully aware of the duty I owe to the citizens of the State of Delaware and New Castle County and shall discharge that duty to the best of my ability.”
Pratcher received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University.