Captain Brad Anderson of the Ripley City Police Department will be assuming the position of chief effective September 1, 2018. Following a recommendation made by Mayor Carolyn Rader, that action was unanimously approved by Ripley City Council during the July 17 meeting. Veteran Police Chief Raymond L. Fridley is retiring effective August 31 after over 45 years of service.

For Anderson, the promotion to chief is continuation of his climbing the ranks with the Ripley Police Department. In December, Council members voted to promote Anderson to captain from the rank of lieutenant.

Anderson stated that becoming a police officer was a lifelong ambition.

“ I look forward to serving the citizens of Ripley with my new job and I will keep an open door policy,” he said. “ I want to continue to moderniz3e the department to help assist our officers with the war on drugs.”

Anderson has been with the Ripley Police Department since January of 2005 and wears many hats on the job. He serves as the Department’s public relations officer and fields media requests and public speaking events. He has also pursued grant opportunities for the Department and supervises the Ripley PD’s Facebook page. He’s also a certified Taser instructor. For over 10-years, Anderson served as the D.A.R.E. officer at Ripley Elementary School.

Following graduation from Ripley High School in 1996, Anderson served four years in the United States Air Force. This tour of duty helped prepare him for a career in public safety. Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Anderson was a part of security and law enforcement functions for America’s largest air base installation.

Following his discharge from the military, he went on to graduate from the West Virginia State Police Academy and would go on to work as a Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy and as a Ravenswood Police Officer before joining the Ripley Police Department 13 years ago.

Anderson is appreciative of the promotion and credits the officers on the Ripley force.

“One of the keys to my success is the great group of guys I work with,” he said.

For the past 16 years Anderson has served as a youth sports coach in soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. Spending time on the athletic fields has helped him relax and deal with the occupational stress. He resides in Ripley with his wife Angel and their son Chase and daughter Brooklyn.