Lexington Hires New Police Chief

Published 07/29 2014 06:56PM

Updated 07/29 2014 07:12PM

LEXINGTON- The City of Lexington has officially hired its new police chief.

On Monday night, the city council approved Dave Belvery of Creve Coeur as the new police chief.

Belvery is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has served more than 20 years at the Creve Coeur Police Department.

Since early June, Lexington has gone without a police force after the resignation of Chief Dave Schneider.

The council set a deadline of 30 business days to find a replacement.

Lexington had 22 candidates apply for the position.

The Police Committee Chair says they chose Belvery over the other candidates based upon his wealth of experience.

The council hopes having the new chief in place will bring back some stability to the City of Lexington.

"The first thing we would hope is that we're able to assess where the city of Lexington's Police Department needs to be, what were our strengths we had before and where we need to improve," added Christopher Phelps, Police Committee Chair.

The new police chief will take over on August 11th.

The council hopes to terminate its agreement with the Mclean County Sheriff's Department providing patrols for Lexington by the beginning of September.

When Belvery officially takes control, the city plans on hiring back three part-time officers as well as one additional officer in the near future.

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