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Birmingham mayor names new police chief

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Birmingham Mayor-elect Larry Langford has named Hoover police Assistant Chief A.C. Roper as chief of the state's largest police force, replacing Anetta Nunn, who announced her retirement from the post.

Roper, 44, has been with Hoover for almost 19 years and has served as the military spokesman for all U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan.

Langford has said he wants sweeping changes in the department of 800-plus officers to bring renewed integrity.


The Birmingham native has been a policeman — first in Montgomery and then Hoover — for 23 years.

He was named assistant chief in Hoover in April 2005.

He's also a colonel in the Army Reserve and has 25 years of military experience.

Nunn, 49, will serve as a consultant to the department for one year, a position Langford told her would be paid through private funds, she said.

The position's pay will be in addition to her retirement pay, which would be about 60 percent of her $140,000 chief's salary, according to a report.

The move will come shortly after Langford is sworn in on Nov. 13.

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