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October 24, 2012

Editorial: New police chief worth wait

CHICKASHA — We want to take a moment to welcome Chickasha Police Department's new police chief, Eddie Adamson.

After what seems to be an extensive and exhaustive search, our city council has decided on a candidate that seems to have a more than credible record regarding law enforcement.

As with anyone who happens to be in the public eye, Adamson is no stranger to controversy. As was printed in the Oct. 23 edition of The Express-Star Adamson has been accused of abusing prescription drugs and was placed on paid administrative leave at his last job.

Adamson was more than forthcoming regarding this incident and others. He spoke with Express-Star reporter Mike Friend and went through what he described as misunderstandings over the last year. We find no reason to disbelieve him and agree that the information gathered is evidence of a misunderstanding on multiple issues and not the guilt of our new police chief.

In addition, we find Adamson's goal of making CPD a formally accredited department an admirable one. The benefits are large and the risk is small in this sort of effort.

We want to wish Chief Adamson the best of luck and look forward to working with him as he improves safety and policing in Chickasha.

Editorials are a reflection of the consensus of the editorial board of the Express-Star.

The editorial board is comprised of the publisher, editor and other staff members.

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