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Officer is named new Pittsboro chief of police

Posted Friday, December 2, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - The town of Pittsboro recently named longtime police officer David Collins, a Chatham County native, its new police chief.
Collins, 42, joined the police department 23 years ago as a reserve officer and worked his way up to sergeant. He took over the chief's position after former Chief Jerry Clapp retired in August.

Collins was selected from about 40 applicants. The hiring process included a full assessment of the candidates from a team of 10 individuals, including Assistant District Attorney Allan Baddour and experts from outside the county, such as Jack Lewis, Apex Police Chief.

Other assessors were Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall, Apex human resources director Eleanor Green, Cary HR director Valiria Willis, Chapel Hill Police Maj. Brian Curran and Apex assistant manager Mike Wilson.

Michelle Berger, a professor at UNC, Bob Scurlock, owner of Scurlock Catering, and Tommy Edwards, owner of Edwards Antiques participated in the community meeting portion of the assessment.

Pittsboro's police department has 10 officers.

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