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Change in Chiefs for Franklin Police

Mayor Steve Barnett has tapped a veteran member of the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office to replace outgoing chief Tim O'Sullivan.

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- The city of Franklin will soon have a new "top cop". 

Kirby Cochran, a 13-year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, is Mayor Steve Barnett's pick to lead the Franklin Police Department.  

He will replace current chief Tim O'Sullivan, who is retiring.

Mayor Barnett said interviewed 11 candidates for the position and chose Cochran because he felt a "fresh perspective was needed" to lead the department in a positive direction.

Cochran said it will be an "honor and a privilege" to serve the community he's called home his entire life.

"I am thrilled to work alongside the excellent men and women of the Franklin Police Department. Together we can make the department a model for agencies across the state. More importantly, along with the community, we can continue to make Franklin a safe place to raise our children," he said.

Cochran will be sworn in Aug. 20. His first day on the job is Aug. 21.

(Photo by Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office.)

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