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New police chief to focus on internal, external concerns

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By Todd South
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - The city's newly appointed police chief said he wants to heal divisions within the department and reach out to communities to tackle perceptions of crime in Chattanooga.

On Tuesday, Mayor Ron Littlefield appointed 22-year department veteran Bobby H. Dodd as police chief, replacing interim Chief Mark Rawlston, who has held the post since the March 30 retirement of former Chief Freeman Cooper.

Chief Dodd said he had not decided on his choices for support staff and would outline other goals for the department publicly in coming weeks, along with plans for meeting with various community representatives to address crime concerns.

The City Council must approve the mayor's pick, but at least one member present at the appointment said he would support Chief Dodd.

Read more on the Chattanooga Times Free Press website.

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