New Police Chief Named in Dothan

The city of Dothan has a new Police Chief Tuesday. He's John Powell, a native of Pensacola, Florida.

The veteran officer previously served as police chief in North and South Carolina and is a 13-year veteran of the Escambia County, Florida Sheriff's Department.

The 41-year-old Powell graduated from Troy University's Florida region with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He's also a graduate of the FBI Academy.

Powell was selected over 60 other candidates to become Dothan's top cop. He replaces John White who recently retired.

Powell's first day on the job is March 15.