Ringling police update

(AP)_  The new police chief in Ringling is seeking the public's help, but not to find a wanted criminal.

Lee Aston wants to restore Ringling residents' trust in their police department, but he acknowledges that won't be easy.

Aston's first day of work was last Wednesday, April Fool's Day, and he fielded at least three calls.  Since he's the only police official in town, it was a busy day.

Aston was a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy when former chief Jeremy Wilson and eight unpaid officers quit in February.  Mayor Jerry Reid, along with a couple of other city officials, also said they would quit.

After the officers resigned, the Sheriff's office took over patrol and protection duties.

Aston says he knows the town of about 1,100 has been through a rough time, but he's going to do what he can to return things to normal.

He'll be on his own for a few more months, then he'll be able to hire reserve officers to take up some of the load.