- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus City Council has named Tony Carleton as interim police chief.

Former chief Selvain McQueen retired earlier this month after serving as chief for less than three years. He earned $70,000 a year in the position.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1rPhwnt ) Assistant Chief Joe Johnson has been in charge of the department since McQueen’s departure.

Carleton, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, has served as assistant chief since November. He previously was chief of police in Tupelo.

He will be paid $67,500 as interim chief.

Mayor Robert Smith says he hopes the city will have a permanent chief in the next 30 days.

Smith says the city will do an in-house search for a new chief with current police personnel having five working days to apply.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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