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Beverly to hire a chief of police

BEVERLY — For the first time in recent memory, the town of Beverly will soon have a policeman patrolling the streets.

The city has posted a job opening seeking applicants for chief of police for the town. The position is expected to be filled by the first of the year.

Beverly Mayor Andy Burns told The Inter-Mountain the decision to fill a position that has been left empty for decades was needed for a variety of reasons.

“We want to provide our citizens with some protection in our area,” said Burns. “We also needed some assistance in enforcing our town ordinances. So this hiring will help us in both of those areas.”

Burns, a former deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, said crime has risen everywhere the past couple of years, and that his small town is no different from others.

“To have that protection for our residents is the biggest reason for this hire,” he said. “With the crime rate the way it is all over, we felt it was necessary to have an officer here in town. Like everywhere else, we’ve seen an increase in Beverly.”

The city is currently only advertising for the hiring of a chief, but Burns said the city wants to add more officers down the road.

“We are only bringing a chief in right now and he is going to help me get a few things in order,” the mayor said. “We hope to be able to have some officers alongside him and on the road working within a couple months. It’ll probably be around February or March, to be honest, because we have to get a couple things in order first.”

Burns said officials are still working on a budget to see how many police officers could be hired, but one thing that is already in place is having a patrol car. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has donated one of its old cruisers to serve as Beverly’s first patrol unit.

Burns said Beverly City Council will ultimately do the hiring and decide the pay rate for not only the chief, but for any other officers who are brought in.

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