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New APD Chief may be named next year

City Manager Alfred Lott City Manager Alfred Lott

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It will likely be the end of January before Albany has a new police chief, but already the list of what many would like to see in a new chief is being developed.

The city's Human Resource department is working on the advertisement that will be placed locally and nationally. Some names are already being tossed around. City Manager Alfred Lott has said he'll be personally responsible for the hiring, but he'll also look to advice from a group of citizens.  

Billy Chambers knows all to well what Albany's crime rate is like. Over the last several years cars on his lot have been broken into or vandalized countless times. Chambers said when it comes to Albany Police, he'd like to see a chief who's more hands on.

"The main thing that I'd like to see is somebody that will get one on one with you. When I make a phone call I don't get to the dispatcher, that gets to the desk chief, that gets to the lieutenant in charge of the shift. When I want to talk to the chief of police, I want to talk to the chief of police," said Chambers.

City Manager Alfred Lott says he'll consult with citizens who will meet a select few candidates once the list is narrowed down. He's got his own criteria list for a new chief.

"Experience is very important, someone who's been a chief or a deputy chief successfully is key."

He's also looking for someone who will work well with the other six other law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County. While the search is national, locals will be considered, too. There are three deputy chiefs, Wilma Griffin, Steven Haynes and Spencer Rozier, who might be interested in the job.

Albany State University Police Chief Roberson Brown says he plans to apply for the job. Lott says whoever gets the job will have to make changes without damaging morale.

"Someone who will be able to provide leadership experience as we launch our own gang unit in January."

Business owners say they just want someone who is pro-business and will support them.

"An open door policy would be the best thing I could ask for," said Chambers.

They're anxious to see who the candidate might be, their first chance could come with the new year.

City manager Alfred Lott said he would like to have a new chief hired by the end of January, but it could be longer before whoever is chosen starts the job.

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