Richmond names new police chief

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond has picked a local to be its new police chief.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Mayor Levar Stoney said Wednesday that William Smith will take the top job after the city conducted a nationwide search.

Smith has been serving as interim chief since former Chief Alfred Durham retired last year.

The 51-year-old Smith began working at the Richmond Police Department in 1995. He was born and raised in Richmond.

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Smith said Wednesday he was committed to making the department more accountable to the public.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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