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Retired federal agent named police chief in Huntington

November 2, 2021 GMT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A retired federal law enforcement officer has been chosen as the new police chief in Huntington, West Virginia.

Karl Colder’s appointment was announced Monday in a special City Council meeting by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, The Herald-Dispatch reported. He will be the city’s first Black police chief.

“Given all that we have been through these years, he is the perfect person for this position because as you know we endeavor to seek standards that the rest of the nation would attempt to follow,” Williams said to council members.

Officials announced two finalists last month out of 16 candidates.

Colder had a 32-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration and served as special agent in charge for the Washington, D.C., Field Division Office from 2013 to 2018. Since then, he has served as the president of Colder Allied Consulting LLC.

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“To the city of Huntington, West Virginia, you now have a different chief,” Colder said in the council meeting. “One who loves people, one who will support this council, the mayor, all the infrastructure of this city.”

Colder succeeds former Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell, who retired over the summer.