Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A Bluefield native who started his law enforcement career as a probationary patrolman with the Bluefield Police Department has been chosen to lead that very same agency.
City Manager Jim Ferguson announced Tuesday during a meeting of the Bluefield City Board that Lt. D.M. “Dennis” Dillow is the new chief of police. Dillow, who joined the department in 1990, became the interim chief in December 2012 when Chief J.W. “Joe” Wilson retired.
“Mayor, city council, citizens of Bluefield, 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. “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 Bluefield native. Since joining the department, he has risen through the ranks until he was named chief of police, Ferguson said.
“I not only work here, I live here,” Dillow said after the meeting. “ 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 said he was proud that he has been with the Bluefield Police Department his entire career and was able to rise to the rank of chief.
“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,” he said of his plans. “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.”
Dillow introduced four new officers 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.