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Montgomery names new police chief and first ever Chief of Staff for police department

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -With the mayor's blessings Kevin Murphy becomes police chief number 12 for the Montgomery Police Department.

"Thank you for allowing me to fulfill my dreams," Chief Murphy told Mayor Todd Strange and Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy.

It's a childhood dream being fulfilled.

"In school I was the one who stood up to bullies. I got whipped a few times but I've always been for justice and what's right," said Chief Murphy.

Murphy beat out 6 other candidates for the job. His biggest challenge? Keeping up the technical side of police work.

"Whether it's computers or car cameras you may only get 4 years out of them," Murphy said.

Brenda Mitchell joins the new chief as the department's Chief of Staff, the first position of its kind for the police department.

Mitchell was among the 7 people who applied for the chief's position but Mitchell insists she's not disappointed she didn't get it.

"Instead of being in charge of one division I'll be in command of everything running the day-to-day operations," said Mitchell, a 23-year veteran of MPD. 

Beyond city hall there appears to be widespread support and praise for Murphy's appointment from patrol to investigations.

"I think this is a good choice and I never heard any grumblings when he was acting chief," said Sgt. Tonya Engle.

Kevin Murphy talks about having a servant's heart. That includes helping someone with a flat tire on the interstate or pulling you over for speeding.

"He's that way. He's approachable and easy to talk to. I've had to call him on weekends during investigations," said Lt. John Bowman.

Going from acting chief to permanent, Kevin Murphy will be officially sworn in next Tuesday morning.

Murphy's salary will be at least $100,000.

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