The town of Maiden has appointed a new police chief who will begin Aug. 16.
Troy Church, 44, who is operation commander at the town of Longview Police Department, was chosen out of 35 applicants.
Todd Clark, Maidenâ€™s town manager, said out of the applicants who applied for the position, the process was narrowed to four.
The final four candidates faced a panel made up of five people â€” two human resource people and three police chiefs from other towns.
From this interview process, the candidates were narrowed to two.
â€œThe last two were chosen and had a one-on-one interview with me,â€ Clark said. â€œChurchâ€™s combination of work experience and academic background made him the best candidate.â€
Church has been at Longview Police Department for 18 years and has an associateâ€™s degree in applied science criminology. He is currently working on getting his masterâ€™s at Appalachian State University.
Church is excited to be coming to the town of Maiden.
â€œItâ€™s fiscally rewarding and a challenge for me,â€ he said. â€œIt is also a lovely community.â€
His salary will start at $44,000.
Tracy Ledford, who served as interim police chief, took over the position March 16 when Kent Auton stepped down. Ledford will be returning to Investigations at the Maiden Police Department where he worked prior to the interim position.
â€œI enjoyed the time I had as interim police chief,â€ he said. â€œI have appreciated everything everyone has done.â€
by Amy Wadsworth