Maiden’s new police chief said two words described his feelings after being sworn into his position: excited and nervous.
“It’s excitement for the opportunity that I’ve been provided by the council and the mayor to be part of a team effort to make the police department better,” said Chief Tracy Ledford, who started his career in law enforcement at Maiden Police Department in 1994. “I’m also excited to continue forming strong relationships with the community.”
But Ledford was nervous, too, about his new job.
“It was a little overwhelming, but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be chief of police in Maiden,” he said.
Ledford was sworn into his new position Sept. 1 by Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. Former Maiden Police Chief Troy Church retired from the department in mid-August to pursue a law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham.
“We’ve got a very young department, as far as officers are concerned,” Ledford said. “So, I want to assist them in any way that I can.”
Fifty applied for the police chief position and four people were chosen from the applicants for interviews.
In the end, however, the best candidate already worked in the Maiden Police Department.
“It always helps to have a good working history with the town,” said Town Manager Todd Herms, “but I think (Ledford) has the skills and the personality (for the job), even if he wasn’t from Maiden (Police Department).”