Casper City Manager Carter Napier on Friday announced his choice to lead the Casper Police Department, nearly seven months after the city parted ways with former chief Jim Wetzel.

Keith McPheeters, who has served on the Farmington, New Mexico Police Department for nearly 25 years, is the new chief.

He will be sworn in on December 11th.

Steve Schulz had been appointed to serve as interim chief, and was announced in late October as one of five finalists for the job.

Wetzel's tenure was controversial, and rumblings came to a head in early April with the release of a department survey conducted by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The survey revealed low morale among sworn officers, a large number of whom said they wanted to quit. Wetzel's leadership was roundly criticized by many respondents.

On April 17, the vast majority of sworn officers cast a vote of "no confidence" in Wetzel, demanding a change in leadership.

Napier also announced the interim Fire Chief is Jason Spicer.

This story will be updated.

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