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Columbia's new police chief to seek accreditation in 2013

New Columbia Police Chief Clint McMurry has been on the job for about two weeks. New Columbia Police Chief Clint McMurry has been on the job for about two weeks.
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Columbia's new police chief is busy settling into his position and already taking steps to improve his department. Clint McMurry, 44, was hired two weeks ago to replace former chief Jim Kinslow, who was fired by the Board of Aldermen in April.

McMurry had been serving as an investigator for the department for several months and was appointed interim chief when Kinslow left.

He said one of his goals is to see the department achieve state and national accreditation.

"Eventually, we'll go for national accreditation, which is expensive and takes a while, but to begin with, starting next year, we'll work in state accreditation, which will really help the department with a lot of different things...one of them being civil liabilities reduction," McMurry said.

"He's got a lot of administration and budgetary experience, which is what you need in a small-town police department like we have," said Reed Houston, mayor of Columbia. 

The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the hiring of McMurry during a meeting in late May. 

McMurry began his law enforcement career in Columbia as a patrol officer in 1991.

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