Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 16, 2013

Chief of Police — Dillow gets Bluefield post

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— ongratulations are in order for veteran police officer D.M. “Dennis” Dillow, who was selected last week as the new chief of police for the city of Bluefield.

Dillow succeeds former Chief J.W. “Joe” Wilson, who retired last year. Dillow, who joined the Bluefield Police Department in 1990, was named interim chief in December after Wilson announced his retirement. City Manager Jim Ferguson confirmed during Tuesday’s Bluefield Board of Directors meeting that Dillow will serve as the city’s new police chief.

“We did not have to conduct a nationwide search to find a professional, qualified leader that was capable of leading our police department,” Ferguson said in announcing Dillow’s selection. “We were fortunate enough to already have that individual within our police department. Lt. Dillow is committed to our police department and our community. He takes great pride both in our department and our community.”

Dillow is a native of Bluefield and a current city resident. Since joining the department, he has risen through the ranks previously serving as a lieutenant in the department before being named chief of police.

“I not only work here, I live here,” Dillow said after being named as police chief. “So of course, I want it not only to be the best police department, but the best community because I live in the community. I want it to be as safe for your family as it is for my family.”

Dillow also introduced four new officers Tuesday that will be joining the police force. They include Justin Harris, a graduate of Bluefield High School and Matthew Hatfield, a PikeView High School graduate. Both Harris and Hatfield will attend the West Virginia State Police Academy in March.

Two other new recruits include Joshua Bish and Kenneth Adams. Both men are graduates of the WVSP Academy with five years of experience.

Dillow says keeping the city, and its citizens safe, will remain his department’s top priority.

“We’re going to continue to do day-to-day operations, to address the issues here in town and make it as safe as possible for our residents,” Dillow said of his plans as chief of police. “Any problems they have, complaints that they have, we’ll address them as usual, and just try to go forward and make this the best community that we can possibly have.”

We are glad to see that a local, and veteran officer, will serve as the city’s next police chief. Dillow has extensive experience with the department — having worked his way up through the ranks over the years — and that experience should serve him and the police department well.

We join Ferguson, and the Bluefield Board of Directors, in congratulating Dillow on his selection as chief of police.