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Is APD Chief on the way out?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While the Albany Police Department had success in those cases, the department is still facing challenges.

The city manager held a meeting with the police chief earlier this week, where the chief was told he has some work to do. Sources tell WALB NEWS 10, that the Chief's job is on the line.

Multiple sources tell WALB NEWS 10, that police Chief James Younger was told to turn in his intent to resign by Monday, November 3rd, or he would be out of a job no later than January 1st.

City Manager Al Lott told us he couldn't comment on personnel matters, so we asked Younger if Lott has informed him that January 1st will be his last day.

"Well, he's given me some things to think about, yes," Younger said.

While Younger wouldn't elaborate about the issues he and Lott discussed, he says he has faced challenges as head of the city police department.

"He and I have been discussing some issues, so, obviously I am accountable for everything that happens in the police department, whether I'm working or not, so we discussed a number of issues."

Younger says reorganizing the department has been a challenge in itself. "We just had a difficult start based on what we had to work with. The culture, the environment that had to be changed. It's always hard to change an environment, change a mindset, get people moving in the direction of professionalism, so I think we're moving that direction in terms of professionalism, in terms of ethics, so I think there have been significant strides made."

And he says he doesn't have any plans to leave Albany. "Do you believe you will still be the Chief of Albany Police Department January 2nd?"

"You know, all department heads serve at the pleasure of the city manager. We serve at the pleasure of the city manager and that's the bottom line," said Younger.

Chief Younger says he does have a meeting with Lott on Monday, but he doesn't believe that meeting will end his service at APD.

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