Civil Rights Director out after 10 months, set to be interim Detroit Police Chief

DETROIT, me. (WLN) – Michigan Department of Civil Rights director James E White is leaving his position after 10 months to join the Detroit Police Department as interim chief of police.

MDCR acts as the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and enforces the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and related disability laws in Michigan, its website says.

White was named director in August 2020.

DPD searched for over a year before appointing White.

White has worked with law enforcement agencies in the past and cited DPD’s compliance with two approval decisions.

He also helped set up a civil advisory committee with DPD to bridge the gap between civilians and police.

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