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Yellow Springs Names New Interim Police Chief

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After a nearly month-long search, the Village of Yellow Springs has named Brian Carlson the new interim chief of police.

Village manager Patti Bates says the council selected Carlson because of his ties to Yellow Springs.

“We felt that Brian’s familiarity with the community would be a huge plus right now," said Bates. "And his experiences here would lend to help healing as well as moving the department down the road that will help them better communicate with the community.”

 

The village council began the search for an interim chief after Chief David Hale resigned following the department’s controversial handling of village New Year’s Eve events. Bates says Carlson will focus on community policing techniques during his tenure.

Carlson is a former detective and business owner. He’s worked for the Yellow Springs Police since 2010. Carlson was selected from a pool of five candidates.

There’s no word yet on when a permanent police chief will be chosen.