Former Tupelo chief Carleton takes over in Columbus



COLUMBUS (AP) – The Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Tony Carleton as police chief.

The Commercial Dispatch reports Carleton has served as interim chief since Selvain McQueen retired as chief in April. Carleton was hired as assistant chief in November.

Before coming to Columbus, Carleton was chief of police in Tupelo. He resigned from that position to come to Columbus.

Carleton is an 18-year law enforcement veteran.

Carleton says his top priorities are adding officers to his department and becoming a stronger force in the community, as well as establishing a better community image.

Carleton will earn $73,500 a year as chief.

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  • harryblah

    I wonder how long it will be before he lets another officer keep his job after them doing something they should be fired for like what he let happen in tupelo.

  • Silverplate

    Just a matter of time before the incompetent Daddys Boy drags another Police Dept down into the gutter.