Delaware River and Bay Authority Selects New Deputy Police Administrator

January 11, 2022

Delaware River and Bay Authority Selects New Deputy Police Administrator

Promotes Veteran Police Officer Wayne E. McFadden

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced the promotion of Wayne E. McFadden of Berlin, New Jersey to serve as the agency’s new Deputy Police Administrator, with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  Prior to his promotion, Mr. McFadden was the Department’s Chief of Staff, with the rank of Captain. Lt. Colonel McFadden, who has more than twenty-five years of law enforcement experience, officially began his duties on January 3, 2022. 

“I appreciate executive management's faith in my abilities to help lead and manage the Delaware River and Bay Authority’s nationally accredited police department,” said Lt. Colonel Wayne E. McFadden. “Public service is an important part of my career, and this is a great opportunity to use the experience, knowledge and leadership skills that I’ve gained during my law enforcement career to make a difference.  I look forward to continue working with Colonel Arroyo and the dedicated men and women of the department to further our mission of public service, crime prevention, highway safety and emergency preparedness.”

“Wayne has a unique combination of law enforcement experience, operational skills, and leadership abilities that have proven to be invaluable to the Delaware River and Bay Authority,” said Colonel Richard H. Arroyo, DRBA Police Administrator.  “He is the consummate law enforcement professional with a tremendous record of accomplishments.  I appreciate his counsel and look forward to continuing to work with him.” 

The Deputy Police Administrator, the second highest ranking officer in the department, serves as the primary advisor to the Police Administrator regarding police practices and operations.  He will also be responsible for the management and supervision of various administrative and operational units in the police department, make recommendations on staffing and assignments, provide direction on crime prevention activities and highway safety, and participate in the recruitment and selection process for new hires and promotions within the department.
Lt. Colonel McFadden joined the DRBA Police Department in November 2014 as a Patrol Officer.  He quickly rose through the ranks to serve as both a Sergeant and Lieutenant – with stints managing both the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May Troop Operations.  In October 2020, he was again promoted to the rank of Captain and carried out the duties of the Department’s Chief of Staff.  For 18 years, Mr. McFadden worked in the City of Camden and Camden County Police Departments, serving in a variety of roles including Executive Officer, Southern District Commander, Investigative Bureau Commander and Training Unit Commander. 

Mr. McFadden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.   A U.S. Army Veteran, Mr. McFadden is a certified NJPTC Police Instructor, certified by both the Delaware Council on Police Training and the New Jersey Police Training Commission.  He is also a graduate of the N.J. State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. 

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing.  The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.  For more information, visit