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Ridgeland officials approve new police chief

RIDGELAND — Ridgeland police Lt. John Neal has been named chief of police.

Mayor Gene McGee made the announcement Thursday in a news release.

Neal will take over July 1 after the retirement of current Chief Randy Tyler.

McGee says Neal has worked for the city for 26 years. Neal has served as an investigator and a public information officer, among other duties through the years.

McGee says there were 21 applicants for the position.

Tyler announced his retirement in April. He served as interim police chief from May to September of 2011, when former chief Jimmy Houston resigned to run for Madison County sheriff. Houston was reappointed to the position when he was defeated in the race for sheriff.

Tyler took over as police chief from Houston on June 25, 2014.

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