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The city of Alcoa has a new police chief.

Chief Philip Potter was sworn in during a ceremony Monday morning. Potter started his career in Ohio, where he worked for 30 years and eventually became chief.

After that, he was the police chief in Huntersville, North Carolina, near Charlotte.

Before moving to Alcoa, Potter was already familiar with the city and the department. He assessed the department in July of 2012 for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.

"It gave me an opportunity to look at all the different practices and policies and just meet a bunch of the officers and employees and see the professionalism that was in the agency, so it gave me a unique perspective as a candidate for the chief's position," said Chief Potter.

Potter replaces the late Ken Burge. Burge passsed away in July. He was Alcoa's chief since 2004, and worked in law enforcement for 39 years.