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Updated: 9/25/2013 10:57 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton is talking about his new job as an assistant police chief with the Columbus Police Department.

"You hope your past experiences and past jobs that you have prepare you for other jobs," said Carleton.

The Columbus City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Carleton to oversee the criminal investigation and narcotics units.

"You know what, it's a little something different than what I've been doing," added Carleton. "I am excited about it, and I know that I am ready to get in there and help those guys."

Columbus city leaders say the 18 years Carleton has working in law enforcement is a huge bonus and a great asset.

"He teaches at all the academies around the state of Mississippi," added Mayor Robert Smith. "So that would be a big plus for the city of Columbus."

"I like his work ethic," said Chief Selvain McQueen. "He's a good, all around person. He's very knowledgeable within a police sense, so knowing all that, we knew he would be a perfect fit."

As for how all this came about, Carleton says there's a reason but didn't go into specifics.

Still, he is looking forward to a new challenge.

"A lot of things didn't happen necessarily on my terms, but I feel that God has different plans for our family," said Carleton. "So we're just excited that this door is open and we're here to be a part of the community."

His first day on the job with the Columbus Police Department is November 1.
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