Roswell names interim police chief

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Roswell's deputy police chief will become the city's interim chief when John Balderston, who has headed the police department for five years, retires on Jan. 4.

Scott Douglass will lead the department while the city searches for a permanent chief of police.

Balderston said he's confident Douglass will be able to oversee the department for as long as necessary.

Douglass has been with the Roswell police for 16 years, and has been deputy chief for the past two.

Roswell City Manager John Capps said the police chief's job will not be advertised until after Balderston's official resignation.

Capps said there is no target date for hiring a new chief.