Shelton named new Columbus police chief

The Columbus City Council has looked within the police department to find the city's new police chief.

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Jan. 2, 2018 7:33 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus City Council looked within the police department to find the city's new police chief.

In a 6-0 vote Tuesday, the council promoted Assistant Chief Fred Shelton to the top job. Shelton has 34 years of experience with the department. 

Shelton says he is focusing on effectiveness, efficiency, and being proactive and one way he said to do that is to step up community policing.

“We’re going to adopt community policing not just as a program but as a department wide philosophy having everyone treat our citizens with dignity and respect and treat them as our customer," Chief Shelton said. "What we want to try to do with our customer is meet or exceed their needs when they call us for service.”

He takes over after Oscar Lewis retired at the end of 2017. Shelton has not yet named an assistant chief.

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