A former police chief from Greenville is tackling a tough task in his new job, managing an evidence room that is under state investigation for missing guns, drugs and money.
William Anderson, who left Eastern Carolina in February to take the same top spot in Asheville, announced Friday he is hiring a civilian manager for the Asheville evidence room.
Anderson started in Asheville March 1. He replaced Bill Hogan, who retired in May 2011 as the state was investigating the evidence room and missing items. The investigation has been underway for more than a year.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Chief William Anderson said Friday at a news conference that the manager will oversee an all-civilian staff while maintaining close contact with uniformed officers.
Anderson wouldn't discuss the ongoing investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation or the results of a private audit of the evidence room that the city paid for.
District Attorney Ron Moore in Asheville has refused to release the audit, saying it was part of the SBI investigation.
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