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Hank Weber selected as police chief finalist

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Council still deciding on Pontley replacement

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – An Oklahoma City manager with a long history of law enforcement experience was selected by City Manager David Chavez to become the police department’s new chief.

Hank Weber, the city manager in Blanchard, Okla., maintained a $7.7 million annual budget, and served as the Norman suburb’s police chief from 2005 to 2008, according to a resume Weber submitted.

Weber won the Officer of the Year award in 2007 at Blanchard and brings a slew of military and law enforcement credentials and awards to the city.

Upon the city council’s approval, Weber will take interim Chief Corbin McGrath’s place, a position McGrath filled when Chief Michael Braly resigned to take a job in Irving.

Having served in the Air Force as a staff sergeant and later as a recruiter, Weber was also a star football player for his hometown of Hennessey, Okla.

He later served as a captain of the Hennessey Police Department.

Aside from affiliations with the Lions Club, the local Masonic lodge and state and national city management associations, Weber told the City of Ferris that he holds the highest-level training in both drug recognition and certification.

Meanwhile, the Ferris City Council is still looking for a replacement of Place 5 Councilman Fred Pontley, who resigned shortly after Chavez fired Lt. Mike Zaidle "without cause."

Pontley, himself an Ennis police officer, reportedly did not like the fact Zaidle was fired after The Ellis County Press published allegations from sources within the department that accused an officer of searching for pornography on city computers.

Zaidle’s son, 28-year-old John, is the chief in neighboring Palmer.

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