Kelly Rayford is an attractive African American man with close cropped hair and a mustache. He can either be seen in his Police Commissioner’s uniform at official police functions, or in light colored suits.
A Detroit native, Kelly Rayford survived the Styf attack when his parents didn’t. He was placed into the foster care system and had a front row seat to seeing his city bounce back. Becoming a police officer had not been his first career choice (he had wanted to be an architect and briefly considered interior design), but an incident occurred while at his first year at college caused him to reconsider his career choices. A friend of his was raped by a star athlete and very little was being done to secure justice for the victim. Kelly managed to get the athlete on tape bragging about what he had done and he used that to convince several other women to come forward. The college bowed to public pressure and the athlete was both expelled and convicted. Rayford himself refused to bow to pressure and remained at the college, and he changed his major to law enforcement.
Rayford is an honest cop who hates politics, but he has become a master of the game due to necessity. At a uniformed officer he showed a clear head under pressure, as a police detective he displayed good investigative instincts as well as a very disciplined attitude regarding the acquisition of evidence and interrogation of suspects (He holds one of the city’s best records in both cleared cases and convictions), and as Commissioner he has shown an unwavering loyalty to the men and women under him. While he has not made a great many friends climbing the ladder there is no question among his subordinates that he stands with them rather than Science City’s political machine.
Rayford is currently married to his third wife. This marriage doesn’t seem to be working out any better than the first two and the pair are currently in a trial separation.
Rayford’s office is his only real vice, it is tastefully decorated and is full of numerous knick-knacks collected over the decades.