Huntington names new police chief

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – The city of Huntington has named their new police chief.

The city of Huntington welcomed Karl Colder as its new police chief in a special meeting held tonight.

Karl Colder has 32 years of career leadership and professional investigative experience with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“I have known Karl Colder for more than six years, and he has a highly-detailed understanding of the challenges we have faced in recent years,” Mayor Steve Williams said in a press release. “His regional and national awareness from his tenure with the DEA will enable the Huntington Police Department to increase its already-heightened focus on destroying illegal drug traffickers who are peddling poison in our neighborhoods.


HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – The city of Huntington, West Virginia will soon have a new chief of police. The two finalists are Karl Colder of Ashburn, Virginia, and Phil Watkins of Proctorville, Ohio. Each candidate has an extensive history in the police force.

Karl Colder has 32 years of career leadership and professional investigative experience with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Phil Watkins has been a sworn officer for the Huntington Police Department for 22 years and has held the title Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau since April 2020.

Mayor Steve Williams will be announcing which candidate will be sworn in as the new police chief during the City Council meeting Monday night at 7 p.m.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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