Powell named Ash Flat Chief of Police
On Oct. 19, Ash Flat Mayor Larry Fowler made the announcement officer Steve Powell had been promoted to Ash Flat Police Chief..
Powell began working for the City of Ash Flat in 2008 as a reserve but was later promoted to part time one and sent to the academy to become a full time officer in 2009.
“I worked for about seven years and then I dropped down to part time because my family and I moved to North Dakota for a couple years,” Powell said. “I came back and worked for Cherokee Village for about seven to eight months and then I came back to Ash Flat to work. I’ve actually been with Ash Flat, full or part time, since 2008.”
With more than a decade of experience, Powell said he is looking forward to serving the citizens of Ash Flat.
“Anthony [Wiles] was a good boss and we all love him. For me, he left some pretty big shoes for me to fill. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but we’re going to stay in the city and do what we’re supposed to do. These guys I have, we all have tons of experience. Lt. [Wendell] Lane almost 20 years of experience, Sgt. [Jeremy] Stephens almost 14 years and was a chief for five [in Highland] and then we have Allen Wallace,” Powell said. “He’s kind of behind the scenes but he helps us keep it together. He keeps a lot of things going and helps with the administrative side, evidence room and helps us keep up to par on things he brought to our attention like new training opportunities.”
When asked what his plans were now that he has been selected as the chief, Powell said there will be an adjustment period while he reviews operations, but said there isn’t much he sees that he would like to change.
“I want to say I appreciate this council and community. I appreciate the opportunity they gave me. For the last 12 years, the mayor and city council have always been great to me. I know they’ve changed throughout the years but even the ones who have changed, have always been good. Even the citizens, I know most of them, I’ve been here my whole life and I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given,” Powell said.
He said he intends to operate with an open door policy and encourages citizens who have concerns to speak with him, giving the department the opportunity to solve any issues that may arise.
“I’d like people to know they can come in and talk to me if they have a problem. I’d rather hear about it directly than to see it on Facebook. I’d like the opportunity to take care of a problem before it’s put out there,” Powell said.
Powell began his duties as chief Oct. 19.