The interim tag was removed from Interim Chief of Police Mike Justice's title Thursday morning by Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
"Working with the Director of Human Resources, reviewing the resumes received, and evaluating the job being done on a daily basis by Mike Justice as the interim Chief of the Lebanon Police Department, I have made the decision to select Mike Justice to serve as the permanent Chief of Police for the City of Lebanon," Craighead said in a statement.
The mayor added that the decision was made with the involvement and feedback of the Lebanon City Council, other department heads and other community stakeholders.
"Chief Justice's positive, results-oriented, team approach to leadership has impressed the entire Lebanon community," he added. "That combined with his commitment to the safety of the community exemplifies the qualities I look for in members of my leadership team. My confidence in Chief Mike Justice for this job is due to nearly eight years of working with a man who has invested 25 years of service to our city."
Craighead added that Justice succeeded in three particular ways: One, always thinking and planning ahead so when the emergency arises, he and his fellow officers are prepared. Two, every task given him, he has achieved. Three, his concern for safety is top priority for the citizens and his officers.