DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Decatur has a new police chief as of Tuesday afternoon, Chief Timothy “Todd” Pinion.

Pinion has been with the Decatur Police Department since 2004 and has been serving as interim chief since his predecessor, Nate Allen, announced his retirement in January.

“We’ve really got to get some more officers in here that have that passion to be able to come out here and police and do good for the city,” said Pinion. “This is a job that has to be a calling, and that’s what I want, some officers that not only want a paycheck, but they know that they’re trying to do a job that serves a purpose.”

During his time with the department, he has also worked as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, sergeant, detective supervisor and held other titles. Pinion was promoted to lieutenant in January of 2018.

The new chief was sworn in in front of a full room of city officials, community members, and members of his family who traveled from out of state — to be here, including his parents, who held the Bible as he took the oath.

“[It’s] really the first time they’ve been able to be down here for any of my pinnings, from officer, to sergeant, to lieutenant to captain, for them to be able to make it here is very special,” Pinion continued.

“I commit myself to do all I can to see that you are properly trained, equipped, and supported,” Pinion concluded. “I believe in you.”

Pinion said his first priority will be hiring more officers that have passion to do good for the city of Decatur.