ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Griffin says she doesn't permanently want the job being vacated by Chief James Younger, but the 33-year APD veteran says she's happy to step in and lead the department until a new chief is hired.
She will ascend to the position December 31st.
Wilma Griffin is currently Deputy Chief over the Investigations Division, but has worked in almost every division of APD, and that is why she feels confident taking over as Interim Chief.
"This job I've been working at and have worked and been on the forefront for quite some time. So it's nothing new," Griffin said.
Griffin has risen through the ranks and remembers even being turned down by the Department several times before she was hired. "I had tried numerous times prior to actually being hired. I was not going to give up until I was hired, because it was something I wanted to do."
"She knows the Police Department well, and knows the issues and challenges it faces," Assistant City Manager James Taylor said.
"I'm a firm believer in good customer service, and we should be committed to excellence and the community as a whole," Griffin said.
Chief James Younger will leave his Post December 31st, and Taylor says the search for his replacement will be extensive.
"Some people from the community apply, some have already announced their interest in the position. but we want to do a real national search and find the best qualified candidate for the area," Taylor said
Wilma Griffin said she does not want to be that next Albany Police Chief, but will bridge the gap as Interim Chief until the new person is hired.
City leaders hope to have a new chief in place early next year.