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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — After serving as interim chief for the Columbus Police Department for the past six weeks, Tony Carleton takes over the job on a permanent basis.

Columbus councilmen voted unanimously this afternoon to make the former Tupelo police chief the top cop in Columbus. Carleton will make $73,500 per year.

Carleton took over the department when former CPD Police Chief Selvain McQueen retired in mid-April. He was one of two internal candidates who applied for the job.

The veteran investigator and administrator sees a big opportunity with Columbus’ mix of veterans and young officer.

“Those guys are a great bunch of guys to work with,” Carleton said. “I’ve met all of them, and they’re just looking for someone to help guide them. And I hope we can do that, and we seem to work well together. But they’re really hungry to get out there and serve, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity there for the future.”

Carleton came to Columbus last fall as assistant chief after stepping down as Tupelo’s police chief. He is in the process of moving his family to the city.

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