New Chief Headed Unit on Community Relations
The City Council has appointed Ken Weldon as its new police chief. He was the department’s former community relations manager.
When Chief Bill Ankeny announced his retirement, he recommended his deputy chief, Mark Gibboney, to succeed him. The council, however, decided to open the selection process and lowered the requirements for the post.
Previously, the chief needed a bachelor’s degree and at least five years in management. Weldon became eligible after the council changed the requirements to a bachelor’s degree or 20 years’ experience.
The council interviewed five candidates Monday and chose Weldon, who retired earlier this year after 30 years in the department.