Paul McCallister was named the new chief of police for the town of Burns Monday night. A former Dickson Police officer, McCallister was sworn in immediately following the Board of Commissioners meeting and said he is ready to start work today. New Mayor Landon Mathis nominated McCallister to replace Tase Sturgill, who resigned last week after 16 months as chief following the revelation he sent explicit text messages and pictures to a female employee of an area store. Mathis said McCallister is someone he can trust to get the job done and not end up getting the town in trouble or sued and has the “right attitude and right demeanor” for the job. But former police chief and Mayor Shot Grove, who took his seat as a commissioner Monday, objected to hiring McCallister because he is not currently certified as a police officer by the Police Officer Standards and Training Commission. Grove said Sergeant Vance Bowker, who has served as interim chief for the last week, is certified and already on the town payroll. A chief deputy under former Dickson County Sheriff Tom Wall, Bowker has been in law enforcement for 32 years. Commissioner Chris Holland asked whether the town should advertise and take applications for the position like it did when Chief Bryan Johnson left last year and Sturgill was hired. New Commissioner Bill Allen also voiced concerns over the town footing the bill for McCallister’s refresher course to become certified and a chief of police course, which Mathis said would cost $1,500-$2,000. When McCallister agreed to pay for the three-week refresher course himself, Allen made the motion to appoint him chief. Grove and Holland voted against the appointment while Allen, Steven Hayes and Mathis voted in support. Grove, who spent 33 years with the Burns Police Department, called the appointment “stupid.” Mathis said the POST Commission would give McCallister an immediate waiver until he can renew his certification. McCallister was a Dickson officer 1998-2005 and will be retiring Jan. 21 from the Tennessee Army National Guard. He recently returned from a 10-month deployment to Jordan.