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Columbia swears in new police chief

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The new Columbia Police Chief is ready to get to work.

With his wife Sheila at his side Tuesday afternoon, Jim Kinslow was sworn in by Mayor Reed Houston.

Kinslow brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience to the job. Most recently he was a chief deputy in Covington County.

He replaces interim chief John Wayne Tolar who had been in the position since Joe van Parkman was let go by the board of aldermen in October 2009.

"I think perception is everything," said Kinslow. "I realize that there is some perception problems out there. The only way we are going to clear that up is by having meaningful relationships with the citizens in the community. I think it's going to take a little time. The gap didn't get created overnight, and it's not going to be fixed overnight. But that is the main thing. We just want to get involved in the community."

Law enforcement officials from several agencies were on hand at the ceremony to wish Kinslow well.

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