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SWAT Commander steps down

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The commander of the Albany-Dougherty SWAT team is stepping down. Major Derrell Smith was selected to head up the SWAT team last August, after the team at that time almost completely dismantled. 

He rebuilt the team from just nine members, to 22. 

Smith never intended to keep the position indefinitely and is now stepping down. Two other SWAT members, Capt. Tim Hannington and Capt. Mack Green are being considered for the Commander and Assistant Commander positions. 

District Attorney Ken Hodges said, "Derrell did a great job revitalizing that SWAT team, he built the numbers up to full strength and he's ready to hand it off and we've got two good men that can step up and take the responsibility and run the unit effectively."

Major Smith will now return his complete focus to the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit that he commands.

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