Albany- Jeremy French is qualified to be Dougherty County's Assistant Police Chief. That's the ruling of a hearing officer brought in to hear the grievances of five other candidates. They argued French didn't have the mandatory eight years experience.
But Dawn Benson ruled his time as a Marine Security Guard could qualify as police experience and that there was no evidence his promotion was based on, "improper consideration or motivation."
The attorney for two of the black officers passed over for the job says it's discrimination.
"They wanted a white person to be assistant chief, they have a white person," attorney Maurice King said. "I think they'd do everything in power to keep that white person, and I will do everything in my power to fight them."
Maurice King plans to file a lawsuit against the County with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
French says he's happy the matter is resolved so he can get back to concentrating on serving the community.