New Bath police chief selected
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - James L. Minton, a deputy U.S. Marshal supervisor from Washington, D.C., was unanimously approved Monday night as the new chief of police by the Bath Town Council and was sworn in by Mayor Susan Webster.
Webster said Minton will begin as chief of police Jan. 1. The yearly salary is $31,033.60, she said.
Minton will take over for Tony Lynch, who resigned in October to accept a position with the U.S. Coast Guard, she said.
Lynch, the acting police chief, said he will assist Minton in the transition.
Minton, 46, who resides in Stafford, Va., said he is from Beckley, W.Va., and began his career as a police cadet there. He said he and his family are familiar with Berkeley Springs.
"I really enjoy the small town and want to come home," he said.
"Tony has done a good job here, and I hope to continue to move forward," Minton said.