Yellow Springs names interim police chief

Sgt. Paige Burge has been named Acting Chief of the Yellow Springs Police Department.
Sgt. Paige Burge has been named Acting Chief of the Yellow Springs Police Department.



Sgt. Paige Burge of the Yellow Springs Police Department has been named acting chief of police effective Friday, said village manager Josué Salmerón.

Burge, of Fairborn, will serve as interim chief until a full-time chief is named.

Burge joined the department as a patrol officer in early 2019 and was promoted to sergeant in August. She also has10 years experience in the private sector with focus on asset protection across 27 locations, the village said.

“During her tenure with the village, Paige has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic, a commitment to community engagement, and responsive and engaged leadership, as both patrol officer and sergeant,” Salmerón said.

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Chief Brian Carlson’s last day was Friday. He announced he was resigning in August but would stay on to transition the duties of the chief within 90 days.

“I had hoped to appoint a new chief by the time Chief Carlson departed the organization, but commitment to a thorough process has extended that timeline,” Salmerón said. “The citizen advisory group leading the search for police chief will continue its work to identify candidates who best fit the vision and values of policing in the village.”

Burge, “identifies as a wife, daughter, pet parent, an aunt, a woman, a member of the LGBTQA+ community and an individual who recognizes that every interactions with this department matters, and that we must treat all people with the respect we afford our own family members,” the village said.

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