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County Administrator Harry Burgess announced at Tuesday's county council meeting that Dino Sgambellone has accepted the county's offer and will take up the reins as chief of police. Sgambellone replaces Wayne Torpy, who retired in August, citing health concerns.
Sgambellone (pronounced SCAM-buh-lohn)–who is currently chief of police for the City of Mansfield–brought his family to Los Alamos for four days last weekend so they could see the community and participate in the decision.
"They were very positive about the experience they had here, and Mr. Sgambellone did accept the position," Burgess said. "His report to me was that all their interactions were positive, that they found people throughout the community to be very receptive and open. Even the class of 1963 that was staying at the hotel with him gave a lot of help."
Other candidates who interviewed for the top cop slot included Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press and Philip Smith.
The appointment will not be official until council votes to affirm Sgambellone at its next regularly scheduled council meeting Oct. 29, in order to comply with Open Meeting requirements for publishing the item in the agenda.
Sgambellone's start date is Nov. 12.