Zavalla police chief taking Huntington job

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

HUNTINGTON, Texas (KTRE) - The current Zavalla police chief will be taking the same position in Huntington, city officials announced Tuesday.

Bobby Epperly Jr. replaces Steven Sifford, who resigned from the position after 11 years in the department.

"I'm just looking at moving the department in a positive direction," said Epperly. "I don't believe in looking back. I believe we're going to look forward and move forward with the department and personnel that work here now."

He lives in Huntington, but he's been the chief of police in Zavalla for 10 years.

His top priority -- tackling the drug problem, reducing the crime rate, and working with schools to combat juvenile violations.

The Huntington City Council approved the hiring at its meeting Monday night.

Epperly will start his new job in about two weeks, City Manager Bruce Milstead said.

Epperly brings 30 years of experience in law enforcement to Huntington, including the last 10 as the Zavalla chief.

Epperly wants the community to be proud of their police department and one they can depend on.

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