Public celebration for York City's newly sworn-in top cop rescheduled

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The public celebration for new York City Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow has been rescheduled because of rain concerns.

It's now set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the same location — the steps and lawn outside the York City Police Department, 50 W. King St., according to city police Lt. Roger Nestor.

If the weather is bad that day, the celebration will be moved to Voni Grimes Gym, 125 E. College Ave., the lieutenant said.

It had been scheduled for this Thursday, Oct. 29. But there's a 90% chance of rain that day — possibly 1 or 2 inches of it, according to the National Weather Service.

Muldrow, 45, was privately sworn in Monday at City Hall by York Mayor Michael Helfrich, according to Chief of Staff Philip Given. The department's command staff was there to witness it, he said.

Also witnessing Muldrow's swearing-in were his wife, Nakesha Muldrow, and their 5-year-old granddaughter, who dozed off and on but rallied in time to jump up and hug her "Pap" after the oath of office was administered, the new commissioner said.

Muldrow said he's still hoping people will come out for the Nov. 5 celebration — both those who have supported him over the years as residents he hasn't yet met.

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

"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," Muldrow told The York Dispatch recently. "I would not want to celebrate … without having them there. I feel that appreciative of what people have done for me."

The background: He was chosen by Helfrich to succeed outgoing Commissioner Osborne "Moe" Robinson III and was unanimously approved by the York City Council.

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.

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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.

The new police commissioner 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.

Father and son: 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.

Michael Muldrow, pictured with his father Thomas Muldrow has been tapped by Mayor Michael Helfrich to be the new York City Police Commissioner.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

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. 

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

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

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