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April 28, 2003

Albany - The search for a new Dougherty County Police Chief is over. County commissioners appointed Don Cheeks to the position on Monday. Cheeks has 26 years of law enforcement experience and retired as Major with the Albany Police Department in 1997.

Commissioner William Hall asked Cheeks to consider hiring an African American assistant chief to add racial diversity to the department.

Cheeks says he doesn't plan on making any personnel changes at this time. "Racial diversity at the DCP is extremely important. But, I do feel that there are a lot of great people working for the DCP and I don't plan to make any personnel changes for a while," said Cheeks.

Cheeks plans to promote education and professional among DCP officers. His first day on the job will be May 19th. The county hired the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct the search. More than 50 people applied.

Posted at 5:05PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com