Clarksburg's new Chief of Police, Robert Hilliard had his official swearing in ceremony Monday at the Clarksburg City Hall's Council Chambers to start his term as the city's new chief. The City Manager's Office announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11, that Hilliard was awarded the position after serving five months as the interim chief.
Hilliard served as the interim chief after Clarksburg's former chief, Marshall Goff, abruptly resigned. The process for finding a new chief lasted five months and a nationwide search was conducted. The position was nationally advertised and there were a total of 21 applicants that were tested before the city made it's decision.
The Clarksburg Police Department currently consists of a Chief, a Deputy Chief, 5 Lieutenants, 10 Sergeants, 11 Patrolman First Class, 11 Patrolman, and 5 probationary officers. The department responds to approximately 26,700 calls per year, according to city officials.
Hilliard said he is honored to accept the position and hopes to make some changes to the department that will allow the police department to interact more with the communities they serve.