He used to work at the Marion County Sheriff's Office

The City of Williston Police Department has a new deputy police chief, and he's no stranger to local law enforcement.

Terry Bovaird was sworn in on Tuesday and is now the deputy chief at the small police agency. Bovaird takes over for Deputy Chief Clay Connolly, who retires on Sept. 30 after 31 years of service.

Bovaird, a veteran law enforcement official, once worked for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, where he was hired in 1984. During his time at the Sheriff's Office he served in many capacities, including deputy, supervisor, chief of staff and head of homeland security.

He retired in 2016. Bovaird and Williston Chief Dennis Strow worked together at the MCSO for years.

Stacey Hunter, who has been a reserve officer at the Police Department since 2018, has been hired to fill the patrol vacancy created when Bovaird was promoted.