COLUMBUS, Miss. — A Mississippi city is promoting one of its longtime police officers to be the new chief.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Columbus City Council members voted Tuesday to hire Fred Shelton for the job.

The 58-year-old Shelton has been interim chief two times. His most recent time as interim began Dec. 28.

He succeeds Oscar Lewis, who became chief in January 2016 and retired in December.

Shelton has more than 30 years’ experience with the Columbus Police Department. He begins at an annual salary $72,000 and is set to receive a raise after three months.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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