A familiar face is back at the helm of the Tellico Plains Police Department.

The Tellico Plains City Council affirmed the appointment of Jeb Brown as police chief during its meeting on Thursday night. Brown fills the position vacated after Russ Parks resigned in February.

“Jeb knows the area. He knows the people,” said Mayor Patrick Hawkins. “I have full confidence that he can do this job well.”

Brown previously served as Tellico Plains’ police chief from November 2012 to August 2014.

“We’re glad to have him back,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins said after Parks resigned, the town accepted applications for the police chief position for a week and four people applied for the job. City council members were given copies of the applicants’ resumes to review.

During Thursday night’s meeting of the City Council, Brown was confirmed unanimously.

Brown has more than 20 years experience in law enforcement, including time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Tellico Plains Police Department and Sweetwater Police Department in a variety of roles. He most recently was the police chief of the Niota Police Department.

“We know what we’re getting with Jeb and we believe his experience can help lead the department in the right direction,” said Hawkins.

Brown thanked the City Council for the opportunity.

“I’m glad to be back home,” he said.

See more from the Tellico Plains City Council meeting in an upcoming edition of The Advocate & Democrat. jessica.kent@advocateanddemocrat.com | 337-7101

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