Commonwealth Journal

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July 13, 2013

City now has three new chiefs

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Somerset —

“I’ve just got to work out some of the details,” said Jasper, who has an extensive military history and who has worked with Somerset-Pulaski County EMS. Jasper also has management experience — something Girdler had stated the city was looking for when they hired him. 
“The guys that I’m in charge of, they are the experts,” said Jasper. “They are the ones who have the knowledge and experience to work on the scene. 
“That’s not what they need me for right now,” added Jasper. 
Jasper and Duncan join Somerset Police Chief Doug Nelson as the city’s newest department leaders. 
Councilors in late June voted 9-1 — with Councilors Pat Bourne and Jerry Girdler absent — in favor of Nelson’s promotion from acting chief to chief. 
Councilor Jim Rutherford voted against Nelson’s appointment as police chief. 
Nelson had served as SPD’s acting chief since 2007. 

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