LANCASTER - Two days after Russell Preston announced his resignation as police chief, Wanda Shelton has been named interim police chief in Lancaster.
Shelton, who has been with the force since 1998 and mostly recently held the rank of sergeant, will serve at least 30 days while the council reviews applicants.
"I have a big job ahead of me," said Shelton.
Mayor Billy Moss said Shelton and Sgt. Willie Skeens were considered for the interim position, with Shelton given the nod.
"Willie said if I wanted it, he would back me 100 percent," said Shelton.
Moss said Skeens was next in line if Shelton did not want the position.
Shelton said her biggest challenge will be improving morale among the officers. She says morale is low right now because of Preston's departure as chief. While he will remain with the force as a patrol officer, Shelton said she and the other officers feel like they have lost their leader.