Detroit Police Chief James Craig Announces Retirement, Possible Run for Governor

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DETROIT, May 11, 2021 ~ Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Monday that he is retiring from the Detroit Police Department on June 1.  During an interview on WJR, Craig stressed that his leave is “voluntary.”

Already, there are some on the left peddling this narrative,” Craig told WJR‘s Paul W. Smith. “No no, I left … am leaving, on my own.

I am leaving here with my head high,” he continued.

According to reports, many are expecting Craig to run for Governor as a Republican in a bid to unseat Democrat incumbent Gretchen Whitmer in the 2022 Michigan gubernatorial election.


May 11, 2021 ~ Detroit Police Chief James Craig talks to Paul W. about his June 1 retirement from the department and hints at future political plans.

I have not made that decision,” said Craig on Monday. “I’m not ruling it out. There’s an appropriate time. I will get past this and then I will come out with a decision.”

Craig confirmed that he is a Republican and has been for more than 10 years. He said many, including part of his team, already knew this about him.

As a police chief, I serve everyone and that’s what’s important to say,” Craig said.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan made it clear that despite his relationship with Craig, he will be supporting Gretchen Whitmer in the upcoming midterm election.