The regular monthly meeting of the city of New Castle, was held Tuesday, February 4, 1975 in the Council Chambers Town Hall. Jack Weaver presided. Councilman James cannon was absent.
Acting Chief Eugene F. Petty, who has serves on the New Castle Police Department for 12 years and had been acting Chief for the past year-and-a half, was named Chief of Police by a unanimous vote after the motion was presented by Councilman George E. Freeberry. Councilman Gladys Clark seconded the motion. Councilman Daniel Susi questioned whether there was description of the job and was told by Freeberry that the Chief of Police served at the pleasure of City Council.
Earlier, when President Weaver went around the room asking those present to state their problems, Bishop Rudd of Holcomb's Lane asked when Petty would be named. Mrs. Mary Earle questioned why Petty" has not been afforded the dignity and honor of being named chief? Was it because he was black?"
Information quoted from The New Castle Gazette above.
part of Wilmington University's Black History Month celebration, area history
preservationists Eugene and Teal Petty was on hand at the New Castle campus
for the book signing "meet and greet" with Pulitzer Prize winner
Daniel R. Biddle, co-author of Tasting Freedom:Octavius
Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America.