Riley sworn in as new chief

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Selma&8217;s new police chief took the oath of office Tuesday morning, and his son pinned the chief&8217;s badge on the chest of William T. Riley III as about 200 people looked on during the ceremony at the Carl Morgan Convention Center.

Riley stood with hand raised as Municipal Court Judge Prince Chestnut administered the oath. The new chief&8217;s family look on.

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He said he feels wanted and needed in the community. He said he greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with the community.

Selma City Council President George Evans said Riley presents the type of rapport and vision that the city needs.

Riley was a captain at the New Port News, Va., Police Department, serving in the Criminal Investigations Division. He began his career as a patrol officer and was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and lieutenant in 2000.