The borough of Blairsville has hired a new police chief. Michael Allman comes to Blairsville from West Virginia, where he serves as a county sheriff. It is worth noting that the definition of sheriff is different in West Virginia and in that position Allman’s duties were similar to a magistrate judge.
Borough officials say Allman has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University and is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy. He is also a certified DARE instructor. Allman is on the job this week in Blairsville. His salary is $55,000. He follows former Chief Chris Thompson, who resigned in 2010.