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Council names Aikens Sidney Police Chief


Anthony Ruiz

Joseph Aikens was named Sidney's new police chief during Tuesday's city council meeting. He has served with the Sidney Police Department for nearly 35 years, and has been assistant police chief since 2001. Pictured is Aikens having his new badge pinned on him by his wife, Deb.

During Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Sidney City Council, City Manager Ed Sadler announced Assistant Police Chief Joseph Aikens had been selected as Sidney's new chief of police effective immediately.

In an interview in early May, Sadler said 18 candidates had applied for the position.

"I was actually surprised where we had candidates from," Sadler said in the interview. "Virginia, D.C., Florida, Texas, some local. It surprised me how far-flung they are."

Sadler told council that on Monday, he and a committee comprised of five members of the public interviewed several candidates,...

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