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Village names interim police chief

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Village Manager Patti Bates hired retired Montgomery County Sheriff manager David Hale as interim chief of Yellow Springs Police Department this week. Hale replaces Anthony Pettiford, who resigned as police chief last week for medical reasons. Hale’s first day on the job is Thursday, Oct. 2, about a week before fall Street Fair. 

Hale spent almost 30 years with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department, where he started as a dispatcher and steadily climbed through the ranks as a deputy sheriff, sergeant, supervisor of drug unit and violent crime investigations, captain, and major. In 2009 Hale was tasked with forming a county-wide drug task force, and in 2013 he became the personnel manager of the sheriff’s office.

Hale attended both the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College and grew up near Riverside, east of Dayton. 

According to Bates, the Village plans to start a search for a permanent police chief that includes venues for Village staff and community input. The process is likely to be similar to the search the Village conducted for Pettiford before he was hired in November 2012. 

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During the month of October, the YSPD is showing support for two national causes — Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Officers are wearing purple ribbons to raise awareness of and put an end to family violence. And some officers will also wear pink t-shirts under their uniforms for breast cancer awareness.

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