Carnley named chief in Opp

Published 11:53 pm Monday, October 20, 2008

Opp Police Department senior detective Nickey Carnley will replace Bill Shaw as police chief when Shaw retires in about two weeks.

Opp mayor H.D. Edgar made the announcement during Monday night’s council meeting, the last one for the current administration.

Shaw, who will continue to serve as Opp’s chief of police until Nov. 1, will retire after 35 years of service in the Covington County law enforcement community.

“As all of you know our current chief, Bill Shaw, is retiring the 31st of this month after 35 years of service,” Edgar said. “He is going to retire and do some of the things he has wanted to do. Having said that we want to go ahead and name our new police chief tonight.”

Edgar said he is confident with the decision to name Carnley the incoming police chief for the City of Opp.

“I officially name you police chief as of Nov. 1,” Edgar said. “I know you will do a good job.”

Outgoing city council members, Jim Bradley and Bobby Ray Owens, were also honored with resolutions of appreciation from Edgar during their final council meeting.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Opp for the last four years,” Bradley said. “I think it has been a very productive four years. I have enjoyed serving with you gentlemen.”

Bradley, who served one four-year term as councilman for District 5, will be replaced by incoming councilman Oren Stewart in November. Owens, who served District 1, will be replaced by incoming councilman Scotty Short.