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New Police Chief Named in Birmingham

By Associated Press

Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Mayor-elect Larry Langford has named Hoover police Assistant Chief A.C. Roper as chief of the state's largest police force. Roper replaces Anetta Nunn, who announced her retirement from the post.

Roper, who is 44, has been with Hoover for almost 19 years and has served as the military spokesman for all U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan.

Langford has said he wants sweeping changes in the department of 800-plus officers to bring renewed integrity.

The Birmingham native has been a policeman -- first in Montgomery and then Hoover -- for 23 years. He was named assistant chief in Hoover in April 2005. He's also a colonel in the Army Reserve and has 25 years of military experience.

Nunn, who is 49, will serve as a consultant to the department for one year, a position she said Langford told her would be paid through private funds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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