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10:18 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Wayne Co. Sheriff Evans named Detroit police chief

DETROIT – DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dave Bing says he is bringing in one-time political opponent and Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans as Detroit's third police chief in less than a year.

At a news conference Monday morning, Bing says the 60-year-old Evans will replace James Barren, who was fired Friday. Barren was brought out of retirement and appointed chief in September by then-Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. after Ella Bully-Cummings retired.

Bing, Cockrel and Evans were among the field of mayoral candidates in a February primary to complete the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in September as part of a plea to two criminal cases.

Bing and Cockrel were the top vote-getters in the primary, and Bing was victorious in a May runoff.

Evans had been sheriff since 2003.