The city of Clarksburg has appointed Interim Chief Robbie Hilliard as Clarksburg's Chief of Police.
"I am appreciative of the appointment to ultimately be the chief of the Clarksburg Police Department," said Hilliard in a news release.
City Manager Martin Howe said the process to find a new chief began immediately after Hilliard's appointment as the interim chief in July 2013. The nationwide search was advertised with the National Leagues of Cities, International Police Chiefs Association, as well as being advertised locally. Howe also contracted the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct an assessment of the final candidates. There were 21 applicants for the position, according to a news release.
Hilliard was appointed following former Chief Marshall Goff's sudden resignation. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, said Goff resigned to avoid being charged with civil rights violations and for making false statements to federal agents in connection to an alleged domestic battery incident in April, 2013 in Clarksburg involving Clarksburg Councilman Sam "Zeke" Lopez. Lopez is set to go on trial in early 2014.
Hilliard's swearing in ceremony will be Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in Clarksburg City Hall's Council Chambers.
The Clarksburg Police Department currently consists of a Chief, a Deputy Chief, 5 Lieutenants, 10 Sergeants, 11 Patrolman First Class, 11 Patrolman, and 5 probationary officers. The department responds to approximately 26,700 calls per year, according to city officials.