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Battle could soon become permanent DCP Chief

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 The Dougherty County Police Department may be getting a new chief as early as next week, and it could be a familiar face.

The Public Safety committee recommended interim chief Jackie Battle as the permanent chief of police. And if the board accepts the committee's suggestion, Battle will become a part of history in Dougherty County.

 Battle would be the first woman to assume the chief of police position in either the county or the city.

It's an honor she says she'd be happy to accept. She says she'd be honored to be the first female chief, but says her focus remains on keeping county residents safe.

She's been the interim chief for six months, and has dedicated her life to keeping the public safe.

"I have been in law enforcement now, working on 33 years. So it's been an enjoyment. So it's just something I've enjoyed doing, and hopefully I get to do it a little bit longer," Battle said.

And she'll do just that if commissioners decide to accept the public safety committee's recommendation. "What we decided to do today was ask our county attorney to get with the county administrator to bring forward an agreement, because it is a contractual agreement between the county commissioners and the chief," said Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines.

And she'll be a part of history if she's selected. "I would be the first female for the Dougherty County; first female chief for the Dougherty County Police Department. And I don't look at it so much as that, as just being allowed to be chief and do some good things for the department."

She would be taking office during a time when the future of the department is in question. A study is being conducted to determine whether the county police department should remain independent of possibly merge with the Albany Police Department.

"You know, no matter what the outcome of the study is, we're going to do what we need to do. We're going to continue to do what we need to do. We're going to continue to do the job," Battle said.

And Battle has developed a good relationship with commissioners. "We've observed her for the last six months. We knew her well before because she's been with the county for a long time. So she has a track record with the county," Said Gaines.

Gaines says Battle has received wide support from the board, but they'll still have to wait to make a decision.


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