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Veteran officer is named Charles Town Police Chief

March 24, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Capt. Doug Nichols of the Charles Town Police Department will serve as interim police chief until a replacement for Police Chief Mike Aldridge is found, Mayor Randy Hilton said Wednesday.

Both Aldridge and Nichols have announced their retirements, but having the two top officials leave the department would leave too large of a void in the operation, Hilton said in a press release.

As a result, Hilton said he has concurred with Aldridge's recommendation that Nichols return to the department as interim chief until a replacement is found.

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Nichols will start work as interim chief March 28, Hilton said.

Nichols was not available for comment Wednesday.

Hilton has said he does not want to name a new police chief until after the city election in late May.

If someone new is elected mayor, Hilton said he wants that person to have the opportunity to name a chief of police.

Aldridge is stepping down after leading the police department for eight years.

Aldridge took over the police department following some tough drug problems in the city.

To combat the problem, Charles Town City Council members approved additional officers for the department, and Aldridge was able to bring in a federal Drug Enforcement Agency team to investigate the trafficking.

The DEA team conducted a five-month investigation that resulted in 22 arrests.

Aldridge said his last day likely will be Friday.

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