Philippi has a new police chief. City Council has promoted interim Chief Jeff Walters to take over the position.
Walters has been with the Philippi Police Department for more than 17 years and said he's ready to address the challenges facing the city.
"Enrollment at the college; because we're looking at a bigger population. The drug problems mainly, you know, with drugs come the other crimes too, crimes against property, crimes against persons," Chief Walters said.
Chief Walters said he wants to make the Philippi Police Department one of the most respected departments in the state.