Manchester has hired a police chief who will begin duty next month, according to Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario.
After interviewing several candidates, the mayor recommended Charles Lewis, 46, who lives near Easton in Talbot County and is a deputy sheriff there.
Lewis' 16-year career in law enforcement has included service as police chief in the town of Ridgely in Caroline County from 1998 to1999, 6 1/2 years as a town officer in St. Michaels, where he was a sergeant, and 2 1/2 as a detective for the Wicomico County sheriff.
"This was my recommendation to the council," D'Amario said of Lewis, whose position pays about $34,000 and does not provide a vehicle.
The new chief is looking for a residence and plans to begin work in the town of 3,200 about April 2.
A new town officer, Bryan J. Fraim, is in training now, D'Amario said. His hiring will bring the four-man force to full strength.
Timothy G. Timmons, Manchester's police chief since 1997, resigned in January.
D'Amario was criticized by council members because he told them about the resignation later, in a routine mayor's report at that month's council meeting.
Manchester must deal with a recent resignation and find a town manager to replace Philip L. Arbaugh. D'Amario said the position would be advertised.