There's a new police chief in town.
At its meeting last night, Aug. 23, the Exeter City Council announced its new chief of police. However, the decision was made after press time. A full report on Exeter's new chief of police will be in next week's issue of The Foothills Sun-Gazette.
The decision means that John Kunkel will step down as chief effective Sept. 1. Kunkel, who will remain city clerk and city administrator for Exeter, has held all three positions since taking over for former administrator/clerk Roy Chace, who retired in February 2004.
"It has been rewarding working in public service and even more so in Exeter," Kunkel said.
Kunkel was appointed as Exeter's chief in August 1986. He began his career with the Madera Police Department as a patrolman in 1977 and earned the rank of sergeant in 1985.
"I never thought I would be a chief, but I spent most of my career doing just that," Kunkel said. "What I will miss most is the camaraderie. There is a special bond between those who work in public safety."