BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) — Maj. Matt Austin has been appointed interim chief of police in Bristol, Tennessee.
Austin will serve as interim chief until a replacement is found for longtime police chief Blaine Wade, who retired Friday.
A Marine Corps veteran, Austin has previously served as a narcotics investigator, school resource officer, patrol captain, and SWAT leader during his 30 years with the department. As a major, he has overseen the department’s operations bureau, which includes and patrol and criminal investigations divisions. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tusculum University and is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy.
City Manager Bill Sorah said a nationwide search for Wade’s replacement is underway.