Paul McCallister officially began his new job as chief of police in Burns last week. McCallister was named the town’s new chief by Mayor Landon Mathis on Dec. 3 but could not start law enforcement duties until he received a waiver from the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission of the Department of Commerce and Insurance. McCallister previously served with the Dickson Police Department 1998-2005 but his certification had expired as he spent the last seven years working full-time with the Tennessee Army National Guard. The POST Commission granted an administrative waiver at its Dec. 19 meeting, allowing McCallister to work as a police officer until he can be re-certified after taking a three-week refresher course in March. McCallister has been performing administrative duties in Burns since his appointment. With the waiver granted unanimously, he can now perform law enforcement duties pending his re-certification. McCallister officially retires from the guard on Jan. 21 but is currently using leave time accrued during his service, which included a 10-month deployment to Jordan training the civilian police force. McCallister was appointed Dec. 3 to replace Tase Sturgill, who resigned the week before. He is the town’s fifth police chief since Shot Grove resigned in 2005 following 18 years on the job after being decertified by the POST Commission. Now on the Burns Board of Commissioners, Grove voted against McCallister’s appointment because he was not certified as a police officer. McCallister agreed to pay for the refresher course himself.