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- Chief Mitchell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sept 17, 1950.
- Chief Mitchell began his professional career in Prince George's County Police Department in 1971 at the age of 21. He rose through the ranks to serve as Police Chief from 1990-95.
- Mitchell was appointed as superintendent of the Maryland State Police and served that post from 1995-2003.
- In June, 2004, he moved to Delaware to accept his current appointment as State Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security under Governor Ruth Ann Minner.