New "acting chief" named at MPD

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Chief Deputy Kevin Murphy will serve as "acting chief" of the Montgomery Police Department during the search for a new chief of police.

The announcement came at a news conference Tuesday morning at the police station downtown.

Chief Art Baylor will step down to become a United States Marshal, a post he was recently  appointed to by President Barack Obama. Baylor's last day as Montgomery's 'Top Cop' will be September 7, the day after Labor Day.

Baylor made it clear that Tuesday's announcement was not about him, but about the person would will sit in his seat after he's gone. Baylor has served as Police Chief for the last six years, though he's been with the department for 27.

Murphy also comes to the job with 27 years of experience.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says Murphy's title is "acting chief", asking that he not be called "interim chief". Strange says Murphy's position will be a very active one.

As for a timeline on naming a permanent chief, it's not a priority at this moment. Incoming Director of Public Safety's Chris Murphy - no relation- says he wants to officially take his office on October 1. He'll then spend some time getting to know the department before making any moves in the direction of a new police chief.

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