New Beckley mayor announces big change at the city's police department

Local - 1/24/2014 9:09 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - New Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien announced Friday he's chosen a new man in charge at the city’s police department.

O’Brien, who was chosen to replace former Mayor Emmett Pugh at the start of the year, told WOAY that Beckley Police Captain Lonnie Christian is officially replacing Chief Tim Deems as of 2 p.m.

Deems will remain on the force as a senior captain. O’Brien said the decision was made because he felt Christian better reflected his management style.

The decision is set to be approved Tuesday by common council. 


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