Denison's new police chief, J.C. (Jay) Burch, stepped into his office Monday morning, and almost before he hit the light switch, he launched into a series of meetings already scheduled for him. He got a few minutes' break when the city hosted a reception for him, at which time Denison Mayor Robert Brady pinned the police chief badge on Burch.

Denisonís new police chief, J.C. (Jay) Burch, stepped into his office Monday morning, and almost before he hit the light switch, he launched into a series of meetings already scheduled for him. He got a few minutesí break when the city hosted a reception for him, at which time Denison Mayor Robert Brady pinned the police chief badge on Burch.

Burch is replacing former Denison Police Chief Jim Lovell, who retired months ago. He comes to Denison after serving as police chief for the city of Mt. Pleasant. Denison, he said is about 10,000 people larger than Mt. Pleasant, and that the Denison Police Department is proportionately also larger than the one he worked with previously. He has been in law enforcement for 24 years.

Burch said he and his wife, Delana, are excited about moving to Denison, in part because of the police department, and also because of the community itself. It is also hours closer to their three adult-age children and seven grandchildren, who live in or around Oklahoma City, he said.

Brady, at the reception, said to those in attendance that city officials believe they have the right person to lead the department forward. Burch said he considers the opportunity to come to Denison a tremendous honor. He and his wife, he said, have been receiving cards and letters of welcome.

After accepting the job, and while finishing up his work with Mt. Pleasant, Burch has been studying the police department budget in place for this year and gleaning other bits of information relating to the job. Now here, he plans to look at the organization of the agency, its facilities, and its policies and practices already in place.