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Mayor announces interim Stevensville police chief appointment

Corporal John Ellington
Posted at 12:14 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 21:29:31-05

STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey has appointed Corporal John Ellington to serve as the interim Chief of Police for the Stevensville Police Department.

Ellington will fill the position while the search for a permanent police chief, -- a position that former Chief James Marble resigned when he took a job with the State of Montana-- continues.

Mayor Dewey stated in a news release that he hopes to have a permanent chief appointed by March.

Ellington joined the Stevensville Police Department in December of 2019 after five years of law enforcement experience in the Lakeland, Florida area.

Ellington is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry, serving in combat in Afghanistan. In July, Ellington was promoted to Corporal and given supervisory and field training duties.

"As an officer and as corporal, Mr. Ellington has represented SPD and the community well," said Mayor Dewey. "John is a quick learner who is always eager to serve our community. His willingness to take on the additional responsibilities has been great and I look forward to his leadership in SPD going forward."

Mayor Dewey will ask the Stevensville Town Council to consent to the interim appointment at the Dec. 10 council meeting.

The Town of Stevensville is currently advertising the police chief position on its website. Click here for more information.