The police chief in the Arizona mountain town of Show Low is leaving to take the top police job in Burlington, N.C.
Chief Jeffrey Smythe (Sm-eyeth) says his last day in Show Low is Wednesday and he starts in Burlington on May 1.
Smythe has overseen 32 officers in the town of about 10,000 since 2008. He joined the Show Low force after working for the Scottsdale, Ariz., police for 19 years.
Smythe will oversee 125 officers and 40 civilian employees in Burlington, a town of about 50,000 in central North Carolina.
Smythe won the new job over 52 other applicants following a nationwide search.
He has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, a master's degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and attended the FBI national academy.
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