York City's new top cop invites public to swearing-in ceremony

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

York City's incoming police commissioner said he hopes to see the people who have supported him over the years at his public swearing-in celebration next week, as well as new faces.

"There are so many people — friends, family and community — who have done so much for me over the years in creating this opportunity and making me the person I am," soon-to-be Commissioner Michael Muldrow told The York Dispatch on Friday. "I would not want to celebrate … without having them there. I feel that appreciative of what people have done for me."

From his parents and "every coach I ever had" to people who have not yet met him, Muldrow said everyone's invited to the ceremony, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the York City Police Department, 50 W. King St.

Muldrow, 45, said he relishes the idea of city police officers — whom he also considers family — standing next to him as he takes his oath while the community bears witness.

"I couldn't think of a better way to take this next step," he said. "I'm always looking for chances to … make moments happen."

York City School Police Chief Michael Muldrow has been tapped by Mayor Michael Helfrich to be the new York City Police Commissioner.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

He was chosen by Mayor Michael Helfrich to succeed outgoing Commissioner Osborne "Moe" Robinson III and was unanimously approved by the York City Council at its Tuesday night meeting.

Council members said at the meeting that they received a number of emails from city residents supporting Muldrow's appointment and congratulating the new commissioner.

Muldrow has said he considers both the York City community and its police department to be family to him. He also said his life revolves around the city.

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Work to be done: Muldrow said he wants the community to see city officers as he does and has said that, as commissioner, he intends to address concerns and build trust between residents and their police department.

"This is my chance — our chance — to work on healing," he said.

His father, Thomas "Mo" Muldrow, is a Vietnam veteran who retired after a career as a York City police officer. His mother, Linda Muldrow, served as confidential secretary to York City Mayors William Althaus and Elizabeth Marshall.

York City School Police Chief Michael Muldrow explains the Juvenile Violence Truancy Initiative, a program aimed at curbing the city's juvenile crime problem, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Muldrow and his father worked together on the city police force for several years when Muldrow was a York City officer from 2000 to 2007; his father retired in 2004. 

The new commissioner said he carries with him the professional advice of his father: "Leave a man with dignity and it will carry you through a career."

Muldrow left the city police department to become chief of the York City School District Police, a position he's held for 12 years.

Incoming York City Police Commissioner Mike Muldrow is inviting the public to attend his swearing-in on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, on the steps of the York City Police Department. Muldrow posted this invitation on Facebook.

He said it was the mayor who gave him permission to make Thursday's swearing-in a public celebration.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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