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Richwood mayor defends police chief hiring

RICHWOOD (AP) — Richwood Mayor Robert Johnson is defending the hiring of a police chief amid questions about the officer’s qualifications.

Citing court documents, The Register-Herald reports that Christopher Cole was charged in Jefferson County, Ky., with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property over $300 and official misconduct. The charges were dropped in 2007 on the condition that Cole not seek or accept subsequent employment as a peace officer in Kentucky.

Johnson says he’s satisfied that Cole is qualified in West Virginia to be a law enforcement officer.

Nicholas County Sheriff David Hopkins says he can’t endorse Cole’s hiring. Richwood council member Robin says the city should have sought more applicants.

Cole says he hopes people will see him for the work that he does and the person that he is.

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