1/29/2014 12:49 PM
BECKLEY - Lonnie Christian is now the chief of the Beckley Police Department.. after officially being sworn in this morning.
Chief Christian takes the oath of office today. He has been on the force for 17 years, and has worked his way up the ranks. Mayor Bill O'brien appointed Christian to the post last week, and it was confirmed last night at a city council meeting. Christian says he knows change is hard for some people, but he's received an outpouring of support.
"Even though I've been chosen as the leader of the Beckley Police Department, it's the men and women we have in the department who actually affect the department, without them we can't do anything," Chief Christian.
Christian replaces Timothy Deems, who is remaining with the department as a captain.