HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says city police Chief Joe Ciccarelli has died following a long illness. Ciccarelli was 60.

Williams announced Ciccarelli’s death Monday in a news release.

Ciccarelli had been Huntington’s police chief since November 2014.

Williams says Ciccarelli was “dedicated to his love for his family, service to his community, and loyalty to his department.”

Ciccarelli earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Marshall University. He began his career in West Virginia’s second-largest city as a police officer and detective in 1978 before joining the FBI in 1984. He served stints with the FBI in St. Louis, Missouri; Miami; Huntington and Charleston.

The statement did not list a specific cause of death.

Williams says he has appointed Capt. Hank Dial as interim police chief. Dial is a 26-year veteran of the department.

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