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Koester back as police chief

Piedmont Police Chief Jerry Koester

Ben Felder

News Editor

A personnel switch on May 3 in the Piedmont Police Department made former assistant police chief Bill Ward the new chief and former chief Jerry Koester the new assistant.  Effective this week another change was made that put things back the way they were.

“All I can really say is it was a personnel matter and we don’t discuss those,” Clark Williams, city manager said.  “As with any position at the city there was a six month probationary period which applied to (Ward) in this case.”

Koester, who became police chief in 2006, hired Ward as his assistant and later stepped down to assistant chief because of the scheduling benefits.  Koester declined to comment on the reason for the switch but did say although he was not expecting to become chief again the decision was made to offer him the job and he accepted.

Ward is now the assistant chief which is a 25 hour a week position.  He was not on duty earlier this week and not available for comment.

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