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Town of Appalachia Police plans interviews, hiring process for new officer

Appalachia town officials are expected to hire a new officer to boost the police force. (K. Roberts, WCYB)

Appalachia town officials are expected to hire a new officer to boost the police force.

The town's chief previous resigned last month due to military obligations. Since then, town manager Fred Luntsford has been overseeing the department.

He told News 5 town officials are hosting interviews to hire for a full-time and part-time position.

"Justin Shoffner was promoted to lieutenant. He's the head of the department. At this point in time, we don't have a chief. That would be a council decision if they wanted to go in that direction in the future," Luntsford said.

Right now, the town has three full-time officers and assistance from the county sheriff's office.

Luntsford says the budget is limited, but he hopes to eventually expand the department to 6.

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