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April 1, 2013

Galveston council names new marshal

Galveston — Shawn Durham was named the new town marshal in Galveston Monday night, replacing Mike Clark, who resigned last month.

The Galveston Town Council Monday formally accepted the resignation of Clark, effective Sunday, after he moved outside the town limits. As marshal, Clark implemented a policy that full-time police officers had to reside in the town limits. He asked council members for an exception to the department rule and when it was denied, he announced his resignation.

Clark had been a member of the department since 1986, and marshal since 2011.

Councilman Ryan Mix said members of the police department were instructed to inform the council if they were interested in the marshal’s post. He said Durham and Scott Turney expressed an interest.

Mix said the town wanted to name a marshal from a member of the department who had graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and wouldn’t accept outside applications.

Durham was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the council, with no discussion taking place.

He has been a member of the Galveston Police Department since July 2012, and previously worked with the Bunker Hill Police Department from 2007 through 2011.

“This is a small agency,” Durham said of the department. “We need to be co-dependent on each other. This is a young agency. We will have a different way of doing things.”

Durham said Turney would be his chief deputy and that the town, in reality, has two marshals.

Turney has been a member of the Galveston Police Department for five years.

“The town has made a great decision,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the new direction of the department.”

The council then voted to name Shane Durham as full-time deputy. He previously worked with the Indiana Department of Correction and the Bunker Hill Police Department from 2007 through 2011.

Shawn and Shane Durham are identical twins, with Shane being born five minutes before his brother.

Council members passed a salary ordinance setting the salary for the town marshal in a range of $34,000 to $40,000 per year, and for deputy marshals from $30,000 to $35,000 per year.

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