Former Chief Lands on His Feet

Former Panama City Police Chief David Slusser has a new job.

After an unsuccessful run for Bay County Sheriff last November, Slusser this week becomes the Monroe, North Carolina police chief.

Slusser, 53, steps into a real merry go round where the city’s old police chief was forced to retire, only to be rehired in a different capacity, an interim chief hired before the resignation, and now Slusser takes over as Monroe's top cop a week earlier than originally planned.

City Manager Doug Spell says he hired Slusser after he visited Panama City last month and saw the effects of community policing, specifically in areas once dominated by drugs and prostitution.

Slusser has more than 30 years of police experience, 12 years at Panama City as chief.

His starting salary will be $87,400.