HAMPTON-Monday is the first day on the job for the new chief of police for the City of Hampton.
Chief Terry Sult took command of the Hampton Police Department from Interim Chief Thomas Townsend in a noon ceremony at City Hall. The Honorable Bonnie L. Jones, presiding chief circuit court judge, conducted the oath.
Chief Sult comes to Hampton from Sandy Springs, Georgia, where he served as public safety director. He replaces Chuck Jordan, who resigned in November 2012 after having been placed on administrative leave with pay while the city investigated an undercover cigarette sting.
Townsend was named interim chief the day after Jordan resigned and has led the city's effort to crack down on violent crime.
Sult has more than 35 years experience in law enforcement. According to the city, he began his career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., where he served for 27 years and retired as a Police Captain. He then served as the Chief of Police in Gastonia, N.C., from 2003 to 2008. In 2008, he accepted the position of Chief of Police in Sandy Springs, Ga., and in 2012 was promoted to Public Safety Director.
Click here to watch Sult be sworn in as the city's new police chief.