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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The top candidate for the job of Albany Police Chief was named Friday and Friday night he told WALB he's excited to start the job.

John Proctor, the deputy police chief in Tallahassee will likely be named the chief in 14 days. Proctor has been with the Tallahassee Police Department for 28 years, deputy chief for ten years. He emerged as the top candidate in the search for a successor to James Younger.

Vision, experience, and maturity, that what city manager Al Lott says drove two committees to name Tallahassee Police Deputy Chief John Proctor, their best candidate to replace Albany Police Chief James Younger.

"Over those 28 years he's worked either as a commander or as a patrolman or police officer in every area of the department from being a patrol officer all the way up to being an interim police chief at one point," said Albany City Manager Al Lott.

On his resume John Proctor describes himself as goal oriented. Tonight he said one of those goals as chief will be to work with the community.

"It is my intent to seek citizens input because we can't do it by ourselves. You can not be successful in law enforcement without having input from the people you serve and protect," said Tallahassee Deputy Chief John Proctor.

He's realistic about the challenges Albany faces and plans to make recent gang violence a top priority.

"That is certainly one area that I saw that certainly needs some attention. You had what looked like two shootings this week," said Proctor.

City Manager Al Lott said it was Proctor's vision for the department that seemed to set him apart from other candidates. While Proctor didn't want to go into detail just yet about his plans for the force, he did say there will be some changes, including making the department more visible.

"One of the other areas is to make sure that I especially and staff get out and be visible in the community," said Proctor.

Chief John Proctor hopes to be on the streets of Albany by the first of May. Interim Chief Wilma Griffin will remain in the top position until Proctor signs a contract with the city and starts the job in Albany.

City manager Al Lott said today once a contract is signed he will provide Chief Proctor with whatever information he needs about the department and its personnel.

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