HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams named interim Police Chief Hank Dial on Monday as his choice to lead the police department on a permanent basis.

Dial has served as interim chief of police since the death of Joe Ciccarelli in January. He has served with the police department for 26 years, beginning in the patrol bureau.

“Chief Dial is respected by the men and women of the Huntington Police Department, is trusted by the citizens of our city, and has my full faith and confidence,” Williams said in a press release. “He has implemented an ambitious law enforcement agenda that includes strengthening partnerships with federal and state law enforcement agencies in an effort to keep our community safe.”

Huntington City Council is expected to vote on Dial’s appointment at its May 29 meeting.

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