EVANS CO., GA (WTOC) - A familiar face has a new role in Evans County as a police chief in one town moves up to lead a bigger department.
Claxton's new police chief, Dale Kirkland, will be someone the officers already know and work with almost every day.
Hagan Police Chief Dale Kirkland will shift two miles east to lead Claxton's department. The staff and department will be slightly larger than where he's working now, but he says knowing the officers and dealing with them already will help him transition quicker.
Kirkland is taking over the department after Edward Oglesbee retired last month after more than 45 years. Kirkland says his role will be to succeed Oglesbee, not replace him.
"There's going to be some challenges involved, but he's already paved the way, so I can step in and continue with what he's started," Kirkland said.
He says one of his early goals will be to establish a local school resource officer.
Kirkland will be sworn in as chief on Feb. 12 in Claxton. He was one of six finalists for the position.