New Clay City Police Chief

Officials in eastern Kentucky have hired a successor to slain Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, and the new Chief says he'll do his best to keep the community safe.

Thirty-five-year-old Shannon Taylor says he knows that following Lacy will be difficult. The 55-year-old Chief was shot and killed in his cruiser Wednesday.

A man he had arrested for driving under the influence was charged with murder.

Lacy had hired Taylor recently to work for the department as a Sergeant, but because of surgery he had not yet started the job.

After Lacy's death, Clay City Mayor Jimmie Caudill asked Taylor to become Chief.

On Friday, the city announced the hiring of James Kirk as a Sergeant.