OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — New Ozark Police Chief, Charles Ward was just ready to get to work after Ozark City council members approved Ward for the new position last Tuesday.
After the controversial resignation of former Chief Marlos Walker, Ward stepped into the role.
Ward has a lengthy background in state law enforcement, serving as a state trooper for thirty-six years then a colonel for six. He plans to use that as an advantage to bring the community and police together.
His main focus is developing leadership and recruiting more officers, along with keeping them on Ozark’s force. Retention is his number one goal.
“We are all in this together,” Ward said. “We’re here to work together. I want us to have that dialogue to where we can talk and address problems and issues, just to create an environment where they want to work here, create that environment where they want to stay here.”
Since being in office for a short amount of time, he said he’s already gotten phone calls from residents happy for his new appointment. He thanks the Ozark Police Department, and most importantly, the community for trusting that he is the perfect fit for the position.