Battle Creek detective named interim chief

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek has installed an interim police chief as city officials seek someone to permanently fill the post.

Detective Jim Blocker will take over for former chief Jackie Hampton, who retired last month.

Blocker has been with the Battle Creek Police Department since 1997, the city says.

“Jim has the integrity and leadership skills to lead the department in a forward-thinking way, even in an interim position,” Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole said in a statement. “Having served as executive officer to the chief, Jim brings a unique blend of experience, along with his patrol, detective and military command experience.”

Blocker served a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. He has two Bronze Stars, the city says.

The application period for the permanent position has closed. The city is expected to choose finalists by the end of April. City officials expect to have a new chief in place by early this summer.

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