Milton hires Jefferson County sheriff as police chief

There’s a new sheriff around town in Milton. But since Saturday, he’s been called chief.

Jefferson County Sheriff Anthony “Tony” Hernandez, who had previously announced he wouldn’t run for re-election to that position, was hired Saturday as Milton police chief, the city said.

Hernandez replaces William Rhoads, who retired at the end of 2013. Interim Chief Mark Langford will continue in his other role, as interim city administrator, Mayor Debra Perry said in a release.

The new chief’s other jobs in Jefferson County have included Olympic Peninsula Drug Taskforce chairman, interim 911 director, undersheriff, chief criminal deputy, director of community policing/code enforcement coordinator and deputy sheriff.

He worked in different law enforcement roles before that, including as a police officer and reserve police officer.

Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Washington and a master’s in organizational leadership from Brandman/Chapman University.

He also graduated from the the Federal Bureau of Investigation academy.

“His sense of community involvement and his clear understanding of the department’s integral role in the city make him the best choice for Milton,” the mayor said in her release.