Update: Huntington City Council confirms new police chief

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A city council in West Virginia has unanimously confirmed a new police chief.

The Huntington City Council voted Monday to convert 50-year-old Hank Dial from interim to permanent police chief. Dial has been serving in an interim capacity since Joe Ciccarelli died in January after an extended illness.

The Huntington High School and Marshall University graduate joined the force in 1991. He began his career in the Patrol Bureau and later served as the Administrative Bureau commander before being named Patrol Bureau commander.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams commended Dial's community-oriented mindset and earned trust.

Former Huntington Police Chief Mike Nimmo says Dial is the first chief since Nimmo was selected in 1997 to start out as a patrolman and rise through all the civil service ranks.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens described Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli as a legend.

On Friday, the sheriff and other law enforcement officials from the Mid-Ohio Valley attended a visitation in Barboursville for Ciccarelli, who passed away of cancer.

Our sister station, WSAZ, reports the 60-year-old started his career in law enforcement in Huntington in the 1970s and returned there after 30 years with the FBI. He graduated from Marshall University and served as a police officer and detective before joining the FBI in 1984.

"He was one of the the key motivators to get me to go to the FBI National Academy with several of the local law enforcement leaders have done I know Chief Shawn Graham for instance in WIlliamstown he went to the FBI Academy as has Chief Martin, I know Captain Woodyard, that's the 911 director he's been through the FBI academy so he [Ciccarelli] was crucial in helping law enforcement throughout the state," Sheriff Stephens said.

A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1304, 6th Ave. in Huntington.

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