LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New Albany Police Command Staff Sergeant Todd Bailey has been appointed as the department's new police chief, according to a news release.

"I intend to focus on assisting the men and women of the New Albany Police Department in whatever manner necessary for them to effectively and professionally perform their duties," said Bailey in a news release.

The news comes days after former New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight and Assistant Chief Greg Pennell resigned their positions, requesting reassignment within the department.

Local business owners told WDRB Saturday they're happy to hear the news.

"We're really happy for him to come back because you know his charisma, everyone likes him," said Michel Nasseen.

It's a position Bailey is familiar with.

He's served as New Albany's Chief of Police before.

City Councilman Dan Coffey told WDRB though the appointment is up to the mayor, he's concerned about putting Bailey back in charge.

"Sometimes let's just say at that time there might have been some inexperience," said Coffey.

Coffey was disappointed that Sherri Knight stepped down.

"If it's in the best for her interest then I agree with it but I don't think it's best for the city's interest," said Coffey.

"All I can say is she took over for him when administration changed so I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens," he told WDRB.

In the news release, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan calls chief Bailey an experienced leader.

Coffey hopes Bailey can fill Knight's shoes.

"Right now, our police department, our fire department has top services. I don't want to see them revert back to the way they were," added Coffey.

A New Albany Officer recently made claims about illegal conduct within department.

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