Ferdinand to appoint new police chief

From local sources

FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, during which it expects to name a new police chief.

The council will discuss the six candidates for chief in a closed session before making the decision in a public meeting set for 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2065 Main St. Former chief Ted Bieker remains a captain on the force and is the only one of the town’s five police officers who has not applied for the head job, according to Council President Ken Sicard. One applicant is a Louisiana man who graduated from Forest Park High School and the sixth is a former Virginia resident now living in Jasper.

Citing ongoing conflict with the council and the town manager, Bieker stepped down as chief May 17. Lt. Rob Randle has been the interim chief since then.

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