CLINTON – Charles Runnels of Abbot, a former Greenville police officer, has been appointed as Clinton’s new police chief.
Runnels, who has 36 years of law enforcement experience, including 26 years with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department in Racine, Wis., and seven years with the Greenville Police Department, was hired for the job earlier this month.
He will begin his new duties on Nov. 26 at a salary of $37,500. He waived his health, retirement and dental benefits in exchange for 15 vacation days per year, according to Clinton Town Manager James Rhodes. This is a cost savings to taxpayers of $7,656 per year minimum, he noted. Normally new hires get only five vacation days per year.