Last night, the Ferdinand Town Council made its selection for the next police chief for the town.

Ricky Patton, a Virginia native with ten years of experience as a trooper with the Virginia State Police, was the council’s unanimous choice to fill the position. Patton will be hired as an entry level patrolman and will immediately be promoted to chief of police when he accepts the job. Patton also has experience in the military to go along with his state trooper experience as well as having owned a small trucking company.

Town council president Ken Sicard says Patton’s wide variety of experiences made him stand out from the other five finalists for the position, including multiple officers currently working for the Ferdinand Police Department:

Sicard says Patton’s experience in small towns also played a big factor in the decision to pick him as the next chief. He says the job calls for someone who is familiar with the small town environment:

Patton’s offer of the job does have several conditions tied to it. These include a drug screening and meeting the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Academy’s requirements within a year of being hired. Additionally, he must live in Ferdinand or within 2 miles of the town limits by the end of his first year on the job. Patton currently resides in Jasper.

The council approved Patton’s yearly salary at $48,100. Current interim chief Rob Randle has been asked to fill the role of assistant chief of police.

Former police chief Ted Bieker resigned on May 17th, citing conflicts between himself, the town council, and the town manager. Bieker will remain as a captain with the department.