Mark Farrall, Newark's new police chief.

Lifelong Newark resident to be its next police chief

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Mark Farrall, Newark's new police chief.

Mark Farrall, Newark’s new police chief.

A lifelong Newark resident who has served on the Newark Police Department for 28 years will be its next leader.

Mark Farrall, now the acting chief, will become chief of police on Feb. 1.

He replaces Paul Tiernan, retiring after 15 years.

“I am humbled by the opportunity,” Farrall said in a statement.

“I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Newark Police Department and look forward to leading them as they continue to serve our community with excellence and professionalism.”

Farrall is a graduate of Newark High School and University of Delaware.

He became a police officer in 1993 after completing the Delaware State Police Academy, first serving the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control before joining the city police force in 1995.

He has served in the patrol division, plus the traffic, special operations and street crimes units.

He has also been a member of the SWAT team, and he as served as the public information officer and professional standards officer.

He was promoted to deputy chief in 2015 and served as commander of both the administration and investigations bureau and the field operations bureau.

Serving Newark outside the police department

From 2018-2020, he served as acting deputy city manager and chief human resources officer.

He is also a graduate of FBI National Academy and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.

His award including the Delaware State Police Academy Outstanding Recruit Award, Knights of Columbus Officer of the Quarter Award, Chief’s Citation Award, Citation of Merit Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award and several letters of commendation.

Farrall’s promotion is the second high-profile change this month in police leadership in New Castle County.

Wilfredo Campos, a 28-year-veteran of the Wilmington Police Department, is now its chief.

He replaces Robert Tracy, who moved over to lead the police department in St. Louis.

“Farrall is an experienced and respected leader with a track record of effectively managing those in his chain of command,” City Manager Tom Coleman said in announcing his promotion.

“The Newark community is in good hands” with Farrall, Mayor Stu Markham said. “He is well-respected among his peers in law enforcement, and I look forward to working alongside him to maintain Newark’s reputation for being an attractive and safe place.”

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