Mayor Johnny Lynch announced the selection of Andy Slagle, former K-9 handler for the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, as the town’s top law enforcement officer Friday at Unicoi’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Slagle, who also previously served as a deputy with Carter County Sheriff’s Department, brings 12 years of law enforcement to his new post as Unicoi Police Chief.
Lynch administered the oath of office to Slagle immediately after the announcement with a large crowd of town residents and other anniversary party guests there to witness the historic swearing-in of the town’s first law enforcement officer
“This is a big occasion for us, the first police chief,” Lynch said.
Sheriff Mike Hensley, who stood beside Slagle as he took the oath, complimented his former former deputy as a seasoned and level-headed officer. “You could not get a better chief,” Hensley said.
Slagle told the crowd he looked forward to working with the town and its residents and to beginning the work of serving as their police chief.
Slagle’s swearing-in ceremony also included the unveiling of the town’s new police cruiser, a silver 2012 Dodge Charger bought from a municipal police department near Chattanooga that had already been outfitted for police work.