TICONDEROGA - Mark Johns is the new Ticonderoga Police Department chief.
Johns was appointed by the Ticonderoga town board in a special meeting July 1, filling the post that has been vacant more than two years.
Johns has been the officer-in-charge since Chief Jeff Cook retired in April 2007.
"He deserves to be the next chief of police," Supervisor Bob Dedrick said of Johns. "He has the confidence of the department and the community. He's proven his worth over and over. Everywhere I go people want Mark to be our police chief."
Johns joined the Ti PD as a patrolman in March 1998. He was promoted to sergeant in June 2006.
"I am grateful for the outpouring of support the community has shown toward me moving into this position," Johns said. "I look forward to working with the town board, who has consistently been supportive of maintaining a professional and adequate local police force."
Johns praised Cook for his contributions to the department.
"Chief Cook deserves much credit toward building a professional, community-orientated police department," he said. "I am honored to have been given the opportunity to continue moving the Ticonderoga Police Department into the future."
A Ticonderoga native, Johns said he looks forward to the responsibility.
"Being the busiest local police department in Essex County presents challenges, but overcoming those challenges and helping the community which I grew up in provides a sense of personal satisfaction and reward," he said. "Now becoming the leader of that entire force, I have more opportunities to provide quality and professional police services to the citizens of and visitors to Ticonderoga."
The delay in hiring a replacement was the result of legal requirements, which demand Ti hire one of the top three scorers on a civil service test, and doubts among some Ti town board members whether Johns was the man for the job.