David Dyess sworn in as Stuart's new police chief

STUART — More than 75 people were on hand early Monday as David Dyess, 43, took command as the city's top cop.

"I look forward to the challenge this position brings," Chief Dyess said, as his wife, Karen, and their four children looked on.

Under cloudy skies, city officials, community leaders, Sheriff's Office representatives, co-workers and Dyess' family and friends, gathered for a "changing of the guard" ceremony.

It lasted about 15 minutes.

The swearing in ceremony was at 7 a.m. so with the change in police shifts, a lot of officers could attend.

Edward Morley, 61, retired Sunday. He said he plans to spend more time with his family.

The celebration continues inside the Police Department's community room with a reception.

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