Craig retired from the Detroit Police Department in June 2021 after serving eight years as the city’s police chief. He also served as an appointed deputy mayor under Mayor Mike Duggan.
He was previously the police chief in Cincinnati and Portland, Maine, after a 28-year career on the police force in Los Angles.
Craig’s law enforcement career started in 1977 in the Detroit Police Department. He is a native Detroiter and Cass Tech graduate.
For the past year, Craig has consistently been at the top of public polling on the race, in part because he has higher name identification than the other candidates from his years in the news as Detroit’s police chief.
Craig, 66, is the only Black candidate in the crowded Republican field and has positioned himself as a candidate who can appeal to voters in Wayne County and other urban areas where Democrats typically dominate in statewide elections.
Craig now has a law enforcement consulting and speaking business called JC Entertainment and Consulting LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile.