WaKEENEY — The city of WaKeeney hired a former agent of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as its new police chief Tuesday.

The WaKeeney City Council voted unanimously in its regular meeting Tuesday evening to approve the hiring of Shane Finley, Colby, at a salary of $56,000.

Finley also has worked for police departments in Colby and Atwood in addition to the KBI, where he worked drug interdiction, City Administrator Hardy Howard said.

Finley officially will start on the payroll Thursday. The city received four applications for the position and interviewed three, Hardy said.

Finley fills the position left open after former police chief Terry Eberle was terminated in October, nearly five months after his arrest by the KBI.

Eberle initially was placed on paid suspension following his arrest, and Assistant Police Chief Ashley Garza was named acting chief.

Eberle is facing charges in Trego County District Court of intimidation of a witness, blackmail, harassment by telephone, tampering with public records, attempted interference with law enforcement and two counts of theft.

On Dec. 15, Trego County Attorney Chris Lyon announced additional charges against Eberle — two counts of perjury and eight counts of making false information — after further investigation by the KBI.

Eberle’s next court appearance will be his arraignment at 9 a.m. Jan. 29.