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MADISONVILLE, La. (AP) — A 26-year veteran of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been named the police chief in Madisonville.

Multiple media outlets report the Town Council unanimously approved 55-year-old Barney Tyrney’s appointment Wednesday and he was immediately sworn into office.

Tyrney was selected from 11 applicants to fill the post vacated by Dave Smith in November after serving 10 years. Mayor Jean Pelloat says Tyrney’s experience and training with the sheriff’s office vaulted him to the top of the list.

Tyrney is the son of former Madisonville Town Marshal and Police Chief Leon “Spike” Tyrney, who died in 1983. He will earn $56,000 annually as police chief.