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Hawesville receiving new police chief

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The city of Hawesville names its new police chief, and the new chief gets advice from the current chief who's retiring.

Hawesville Police Chief Roger Jarboe says he's had a good run, but feels its time to retire.

He says, "I've been in this business for 25 years but I'm also a Christian minister.

With Chief Jarboe retiring, it's been up to Mayor Rita Stephens to pick Hawesville's next chief. After weeks of discussion, she's selected Wagner "Buzz" Baskett.

Baskett comes to Hawesville from Rayford, North Carolina. He has 22 years of law enforcement experience.

Baskett says, "Basically I just fell in love with the place. It's the place I've been looking for."

On Tuesday, Chief Jarboe shared some tips with Baskett.

Jarboe says, "The only problem that he will have is acclimating himself to the difference between North Carolina law and Kentucky law."

What makes being the Hawesville Police Chief different than other departments is you're always the go-to-officer.

Jarboe says, "Since we don't have different divisions that a large department has, we're responsible for all of it. We're all each other have as far as protection out there."

Baskett says, "You have to handle everything but you also get to meet the people and deal one on one with them."

Baskett will take over as the new Hawesville Police Chief on January 1.

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