The City of Hagerstown has selected a well-known face to lead the police department following Chief Victor Brito’s resignation.
A 26-year veteran with the force, Captain Paul Kifer will take over the position on June 9th. “I’m still amazed that this is what I’m going to be doing for the foreseeable future and I’m excited about it,” Kifer said.
The decision to promote Captain Kifer comes quickly after now-chief, Victor Brito announced his resignation to the community on Tuesday, but the responsibilities of chief aren’t all that foreign to Captain Kifer.
“I did this for about 10 months before Chief Brito came as the acting chief so I have some experience from what to expect from it,” Kifer said.
It’s that experience that city officials said made their decision so easy.
“People know Captain Kifer, they respect him, they like him and I’m really excited for the future,” council member Emily Keller said.
In addition to what the department has already been doing, soon-to-be Chief Kifer has some new ideas to bring to the table.
“We have been and we’ll continue to focus on the gang violence and issues that we have here [and] the opioid crisis, but we’re going to focus on our youth population. I believe that prevention starts earlier,” he said.
In addition to that, Kifer is already brainstorming ways to retain and recruit officers for the department.
“With a young police force, I think it’s important for them to see that you can work your way up the ranks to the ultimate choice of chief of police, Keller said.
Kifer will officially hit the ground running after his swearing-in ceremony on June 8th.