- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville aldermen have promoted police Capt. Frank Nichols to chief of police.

The decision came Tuesday, after a vacancy of nearly three months.

The position opened after former Chief David Lindley was placed on administrative leave by the board. It came as questions were raised about the handling of a reported hit and run involving his wife, then-Mississippi State University Police Chief Georgia Lindley.

WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports (https://bit.ly/1jfjLyY ) the board of aldermen interviewed three candidates Tuesday night.

Nichols was the only internal applicant.

Nichols started with the Starkville Police Department in 1992, most recently serving as captain of operations. He will receive an annual salary of $73,500 and begins the job immediately.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, https://www.wtva.com

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