There's a new police chief at the Brazil City Police Department.
Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw announced late Friday afternoon that Brazil resident Larry Pierce would begin his duties on Monday, July 19.
Bradshaw said she based her decision Pierce's more than 35 years experience in law enforcement, including his 20 years of service with the Indiana State Police and with the Clay County Sheriff's Department as sheriff and chief deputy.
Pierce replaces Captain Mark Loudermilk, who has been serving as interim police chief in recent weeks.
"I have the utmost faith that Chief Pierce and Captain Loudermilk will lead the department in the best direction for the citizens of Brazil," Bradshaw said. "The decisions and changes that Mark has made will be honored. I want to thank Mark for moving the department forward these past few weeks."
Pierce is the third official police chief appointed during Bradshaw's administration.
On June 2, Dave Archer resigned as police chief, citing personal reasons.
On Sept. 23, 2008, Archer replaced then outgoing police chief Terry Harrison.
With a vision to keep open communication among the administrative staff at the police department, Bradshaw and Pierce are planning to meet on a weekly basis.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges," Pierce said about his new job. "I want to make sure this department is operated in the best and most efficient way for the public. I'm looking forward to getting to know the staff and the public."