After a more than 90-day search, Ringgold City Council members named a Catoosa County Sheriff's lieutenant the new Ringgold police chief.

Lt. Daniel Bilbrey, of Ringgold, was sworn in as chief at a special meeting Monday.

"I want to bring current technology to the department and to enhance its investigative abilities," he said in a news release.

Bilbrey, who has worked at the Catoosa County Sheriff's office for 14 years, said he wants to focus on a more proactive stance in drug enforcement.

He begins work Monday.

The decision was postponed twice last week by city council members.

City Manager Dan Wright said the council needed more time to make its decision.

"You want to pick the best person," he said after the meeting.

Interim Chief Wilborn Dycus, who had overseen the police department after the former chief retired in June, was appointed assistant chief.

Dycus and Bilbrey were two of the final candidates along with former Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Steve Blevins. The three men were interviewed through a final panel of several officials.

At the end of the search, Wright recommended Bilbrey and said the city council all agreed he was the best candidate.

"We need to be prepared to face increasing problems in drug enforcement," said Ringgold Councilman Bill McMillon in a written statement. "This choice moves us in that direction."

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