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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the cityâ€™s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the cityâ€™s only new department head.
â€śAfter a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,â€ť said Daniel.
â€śThe residents of the city can be assured that we have strong and knowledgeable leaders in these key positions.â€ť
Longenbaugh is currently a detective for the department.
The other seven current department heads will continue to serve â€” Kelly Cearbaugh (street/sewer), Michael Cook (wastewater), Michael Dear (water), Mark Green (parks and recreation), Tom LaRue (fire), Terry Wherry (communications) and Larry Whetstone (electric).
â€śAll of the applicants were highly qualified for the positions and I want to thank them for being willing to step into a leadership role,â€ť Daniel said.
â€śI am also thankful to my board of works members and the clerk-treasurer for helping me make some of these difficult decisions.â€ť
According to a press release issued by Daniel, 20 applications were received for the eight positions.