Veteran Signal Mountain Police Chief Boyd Veal, frequently tapped during recent years to fill in as a de facto interim town manager, is on the verge of becoming the community's official assistant town manager.
Monday evening, during their regular council meeting, town leaders authorized town manager Chris Dorsey to create the new position, which Chief Veal will fill.
The police chief – one of four children of a minor league baseball player who went on to serve as Signal’s police chief for more than 32 years – followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the town’s police department eight years ago.
In 2009, he was one of 30 law enforcement executives across the state to complete that year’s Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) at the University of Tennessee.
The town manager said the police chief – who he said has “a library in his head of information that I can use” – has been an invaluable aide to him since he took office in June.
He will continue to handle the duties of police chief.