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Old chief is the new chief in Martinsburg

July 20, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When city officials in Martinsburg started looking for someone to fill the shoes of retiring Police Chief Ted Anderson, they did not know a familiar pair of feet would come calling.

Anderson, the only person to apply for the position from which he is retiring, on Tuesday was announced as the city's police chief.

City Manager Mark Baldwin cleared up confusion following the announcement.

Effective July 31, Anderson will have retired under the state's civil service program, and will begin receiving a pension. He is able to retire because of his age and the number of years - more than 27 - that he has worked for the Martinsburg Police Department, Baldwin said.

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The next day, Aug. 1, Anderson will still be the chief of police, but in a civilian, rather than a civil service, role.

A decrease in salary, from $65,800 to $48,500, accompanies the switch, Baldwin said.

Anderson's day-to-day duties will not change, and he will wear the same uniform and continue to carry a gun, Baldwin said.

Those who have police scanners in their homes will likely still hear his voice over the radio at all hours of the day and night.

"He's a hands-on chief of police," Baldwin said. "You will see Chief Anderson on the street. He does a lot of patrolling on his own. The chief likes to get out and be a part of the community."

Baldwin said he is pleased Anderson wanted to continue his career with the city.

"Myself and the city in general, we're very pleased with the direction he's provided the police department," Baldwin said.

Before working for the Martinsburg Police Department, Anderson worked at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. He has 31 years of law enforcement experience, Baldwin said in a news release.

Anderson, who previously declined to comment about his impending retirement, was not in his office Tuesday afternoon and nobody answered the phone at his house.

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