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Hail to the chief

City Manager Marcia Conner (right) introduced Durham's new police chief, Douglas Scott, during the City Council's proceedings Thursday. His appointment, ending a nine-month rollercoaster search, was announced Wednesday.

Scott, currently assistant inspector general at the U.S. Department of the Interior, will officially begin Dec. 1. He said that among his first priorities will be getting to know the people and leaders of Durham's communities.

Calling Scott "hopefully" the new head of the police department, Conner answered questions about the end of the search and noted that Scott's appointment is technically subject to state approval.

Duke University Police Department Chief Clarence Birkhead (background, left) joined other community members in welcoming Scott.


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