August 2, 2002 at 9:50 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 6:40 AM
Lt. Richard Coleman
Earlier this week, Thunderbolt's police chief resigned and Richard Coleman is now the interim police department head.
Lt. Richard Coleman still holds his title of operations manager, but he's also the interim head of the Thunderbolt Police Department. He was appointed to the position by the city council earlier this week.
"A lot of it has to do with my seniority here," said Coleman, "and I am the highest ranking officer here."
He's a lieutenant who says the council's unanimous decision to put him in the position was nothing short of compliment.
"It just showed me what they thought about me, it showed me they thought I could carry on in this position."
And some others seem to feel the same, both in and out of the city limits. Trey Brinson lives in the neighboring town of Whitemarsh Island, but spends a lot of time in Thunderbolt. "He's a great guy and he's been here for many years and he knows the routine," he commented.
He'll continue with the routine for, possibly, another three months. The city council plans to find a police chief in the next 90 days. But right now, Coleman says the vacant police chief position is the furthest things from his mind. He's concentrating most on his job.
"I have a job to do," he said. "Council has appointed me to maintain this police department until the search committee can replace the former police chief."
Coleman says his responsibilities are pretty much the same, except he now works closer with Thunderbolt's mayor, police commissioners, town administrators, and city council.
We'll let you know as soon as a new police chief is appointed.