• Kurt Ward

Burlington’s Choice for Police Chief Turns Down the Job

The City of Burlington is once again on the hunt for a new chief of police. Rich Austin, who was named Burlington’s new chief on August 10, informed city officials Friday that he would not be able to accept the position. Austin said a family situation will need his attention, causing him to withdraw as the city’s top choice. He will instead remain in his position as chief of the Milton, Georgia Police Department. A press release from the City of Burlington yesterday indicates that city administration and the Mercer Consulting Group have already begun to “re-engage the process” for selecting the next chief. No word on whether this means the city will pull from its previous candidate pool or re-open the search for a new chief. Eric Kerns will remain in the role of interim Burlington police chief.

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