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Tim Deems to be replaced as Beckley Police Chief by 17-year-veteran Lonnie Christian. Tim Deems to be replaced as Beckley Police Chief by 17-year-veteran Lonnie Christian.
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RALEIGH -

Following the announcement that Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems would be replaced on Friday, Deems released this statement:

"With any new administration, change is certain to happen. I will continue to serve the citizens of Beckley as a Captain at the Beckley Police Department with the same commitment and dedication I have served the citizens over the last 24 years. I want to thank my family, friends and the community for all of their support and prayers during my tenure and through this transition."

 

 

A shake up happened at the Beckley Police Department on Friday, Jan. 24.  Newly appointed Beckley Mayor, Bill O'Brien, replaced Tim Deems as the Beckley Police Chief.  Mayor O'Brien appointed Capt. Lonnie Christian, a 17-year-veteran of the force, to fill in as the police chief.

The appointment must be confirmed by the Beckley Common Council. That is expected to happen at the next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The change comes after discussions between Deems and the Mayor.  Mayor O'Brien said that Capt. Christian better reflected the new administration's management style.  Deems will remain on the police force as the Senior Captain.