COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Copperas Cove’s new police chief was sworn in Thursday.
Eddie Wilson, a veteran of more than 25 years on the force, was chosen earlier this month to succeed Chief Timothy “Tim” Molnes, who died in May after a lengthy illness.
Molnes devoted more than 36 years to public safety and had served residents of Copperas Cove since Jan. 7, 1980.
Wilson, who was named interim chief on April 15, was born in South Korea and moved to Copperas Cove with his family in 1973.
He graduated in 1985 from Copperas Cove High School and went on to attend Central Texas College, majoring in criminal justice.
He joined the Copperas Cove Police Department in 1989 and attended the Central Texas Regional Police Academy, graduating at the top of his class.
He was promoted to the rank of deputy chief in 2012.
He also spent time as the city’s interim Parks & Recreation director.