In more than 20 years with the Detroit Police Department, Police Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings has held every rank'and in 2003 was appointed by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as the Department's first female Assistant Chief. As she moved through the DPD ranks, she also pursued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Public Administration from Madonna University in 1993 and a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998. She was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan in 1998.
Bully-Cummings retired from the Detroit Police Department in July 1999 and entered private law practice. As an associate at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC and Foley & Lardner, Bully-Cummings represented and counseled management in labor and employment discrimination matters involving federal and state discrimination laws.
In 2002, Bully-Cummings returned to the DPD as Assistant Chief commanding the Administrative Portfolio comprised of Management Services, Training, Personnel, Science & Technology, and Risk Management Bureaus.
Bully-Cummings is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, National Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
Bully-Cummings resides in the City of Detroit with her husband, William Cummings.