Hank Dial named Huntington's chief of police

The city of Huntington announces that Hank Dial has been named as the city's next police chief. (City of Huntington)

The city of Huntington has appointed Hank Dial as the next chief of police.

Mayor Steve Williams announced Monday that Dial will serve in the position. Dial was appointed interim police chief in January following the passing of Chief Joe Ciaccrelli after an extended illness.

Dial is a 26-year veteran of the police department and began his career in the Patrol Bureau.

“I am honored and humbled that Mayor Williams has given me the opportunity to continue my life’s work of serving with the great men and women of the Huntington Police Department and the citizens of our city,” Dial said.

Huntington City Council is expected to vote on the appointment May 28 during its regular meeting.

“Chief Dial is respected by the men and women of the Huntington Police Department, is trusted by the citizens of our city, and has my full faith and confidence,” Williams said. “He has implemented an ambitious law enforcement agenda that includes strengthening partnerships with federal and state law enforcement agencies in an effort to keep our community safe.”

The city of Huntington has seen a decrease in crime in the first few months of 2018 compared to 2017. Violent crime decreased 24 percent in the first three months. Huntington experienced a spike in violent crime during the end of 2017.

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