- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Tony Carleton as police chief.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1knc1pW ) Carleton has served as interim chief since Selvain McQueen retired as chief in April. Carleton was hired as assistant chief in November.

Before coming to Columbus, Carleton was chief of police in Tupelo. He resigned from that position to come to Columbus.

Carleton is an 18-year law enforcement veteran.

Carleton says his top priorities are adding officers to his department and becoming a stronger force in the community, as well as establishing a better community image.

Carleton will earn $73,500 a year as chief.

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

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