East Helena officials have appointed an interim police chief to take the place of Dale Aschim, who resigned in late December after 15 years with the city's police department.
The city council appointed patrol officer Bill Harrington to the interim post Tuesday night.
Harrington was recommended by Aschim, whose last day on the job was Dec. 29. Aschim presented his brief resignation letter to the city council on Dec. 5.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people and community of East Helena for the last 15 years with 10 years being your Chief of Police,” the letter reads.
Aschim did not elaborate on his reasons for stepping down and could not be reached for comment.
Mayor James Schell said the city is now moving through the vetting process to fill the position permanently.
“We have assistance from the Helena Police Department and the Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office in the process of hiring,” Schell said. “We have the applications and appreciate their assistance.”
“It’s important to work with other agencies,” Schell added.