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Americus police chief excited to get to work

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The new Americus Police Chief may bring new jobs to the department. Chief Brian Carney said they are looking to hire more officers after answering nearly 48,000 calls in 2014, but that's not the only thing he is looking to add.

The new Americus police chief is settling into his office on South Lee Street.

"It's been hectic; it's been hectic," said Chief Carney.

Carney took the position this year after the city went nearly 18 months without a chief. He's already looking at areas to improve, hoping to beef up the criminal investigations unit and asking for new patrol cars.

"You want to have clean, sharp looking cars, clean pressed uniforms; you want the public to know that their people are professionals and all these types of things go with professionalism," said Chief Carney.

He also hopes to add more officers. The department is short 9 of the budgeted 43 positions.

"It's kind of hard to run the operation you want to run like preventative measures, crime suppression units, traffic units for traffic enforcement throughout the city," said Chief Carney.

Chief Carney also wants to increase the salary range to make the department more competitive with surrounding cities, but the council and mayor have been dealing with budget issues and a deteriorating tax base and that could make it hard to make these purchases.

"When you're short on money, it's hard to get anything. From equipment to people to you name it, you can't get it it," said Chief Carney.

Carney says so far though the support has been great from council members, and he looks forward to improving the relationship between the public.

"I want to make sure that all the population is treated like the should be treated and that we're a service-oriented agency," said Chief Carney.

Something all citizens in Americus are sure to appreciate.

Chief Carney was the deputy chief in Duluth. Mayor Barry Blount said over the phone that city leaders are excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him to improve the police department.

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