The town of Pittsboro recently named longtime police officer David Collins, a Chatham County native, its new police chief.
Collins, 42, joined the police department 23 years ago as a reserve officer and worked his way up to sergeant. He took over the chief's position after former Chief Jerry Clapp retired in August.
Town Manager David Hughes said Collins was selected from about 40 applicants.
Pittsboro's police department has 10 officers.