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Burlington begins search for new chief of police

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The city of Burlington seems to be well on its way to finding a new chief of police to succeed the incumbent Brian Long, who notified the city in February of his impending retirement.

During a city council work session on Monday, Burlington’s city manager Craig Honeycutt announced that the city has already begun to advertise the police chief’s post, which Long plans to give up this summer after roughly 28 years with the city’s police force.

Honeycutt subsequently told The Alamance News that he has received about 10 applications for the soon-to-be vacant position, which Long took over less than two years ago. The outgoing chief had agreed to take on this post in October of 2021 after a tumultuous search

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to replace his own predecessor Jeff Smythe. Although Long hadn’t initially applied for the chief’s post, he accepted the role after an earlier appointee from Georgia had reneged on a job offer from Honeycutt’s predecessor, who had waited until after Smythe’s departure to launch the search for a new chief of police.

Honeycutt told the council that the application period for Long’s would-be successors will remain open until April 21.

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