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ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former interim police chief in Rutland, Vermont, says he will lead a new community improvement effort in Arlington.

The Rutland Herald reports ( ) James Baker announced Friday he will leave his current position with the International Association of Chiefs of Police in January to lead the effort. He has lived in Arlington for more than 35 years.

The unnamed project will create six committees that include economic development, history and tourism and public safety.

Baker says inspiration for the project came from the killing of an Arlington woman in January. A 31-year-old man has since been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Baker says the woman’s death was a “tipping point” for the community.

He says the project will be funded through public grants and local donations.


Information from: Rutland Herald,