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City identifies 'best qualified' chief candidate

John A. Procter (Courtesy: Tallahassee Democrat) John A. Procter (Courtesy: Tallahassee Democrat)

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The top candidate for the job of Albany Police Chief was named Friday. John A. Proctor, the deputy police chief in Tallahassee will likely be named the chief in 14 days.

Proctor has been with the Tallahassee P. D. for 28 years, deputy chief for 10.

He emerged as the top candidate in the search for a successor to James Younger.

Maturity, expertise, intelligence- that's what City manager Al Lott used to describe his top candidate.

"He has a vision, expressed a vision for Albany in that he could make the department and outstanding department, and he conveyed to us that he saw the potential in Albany's Police department in our young people, in the folks that are currently on staff. He also has an exceptional desire and a passion for police work and he indicated similar passions to come here and work," said Lott.

The other two top finalists for the job were Albany State Police Chief Roberson Brown, and Henry Marvin Evans, of Newport News, Virginia.

    • Here is the City of Albany Press Release

March 13, 2009 - John A. Procter, currently employed with the City of Tallahassee as Deputy Police Chief, has emerged as the best qualified candidate for Chief of the Albany Police Department, City Manager Alfred Lott announced today.

Deputy Chief Proctor has served as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Tallahassee, Florida since 1999. Additionally, Deputy Chief Proctor has served with distinction at the Tallahassee Police Department for almost 28 years in numerous command or troop level positions, including serving as the Interim Chief of Police.

He has received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and completed coursework toward a Master of Public Administration at Florida State University. 

The City is providing public notice of Mr. Lott's decision on the best qualified candidate in compliance with Georgia's open records law. At least 14 days must now pass before there is final action on selecting a Chief of the Albany Police Department.

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