ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Captain Michael Persley was selected from 8 candidates, all current A-P-D officers.
Michael Persley has worked his way up through the ranks at the Albany Police Department for 21 years.
Persley, who's currently the Gang Task Force Commander, has also worked as a general officer, narcotics, and the SWAT Team.
Persley is also a Captain in the Georgia Army National Guard, who has served deployments in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Albany Interim City Manager Tom Berry said "He's 20 plus years in the Albany Police Department, and a lifelong resident of Albany. I don't think we could have done better. Certainly not going outside."Captain Persley ran the warrant team operations during our CRIMESTOPPERS Street Sweep Monday, making sure all the agencies personnel worked together.
That night he told us that the community teaming with police is vital to fighting crime.
Persley said "I mean, I live here. They live here. We all want a safe community."
Berry say Persley would now work closely with current Albany Police Chief John Proctor until his retirement at the end of the month, and then Persley will take command.
Berry said the city had a rigorous interview process of all the candidates, and Persley was selected.
Here is a biography of the new chief, provided by APD-
Most recent assignment: Captain of the Albany Police Department Gang Unit
Persley was promoted to captain and assigned to command the East District in June of 2013
He has been employed with the Albany Police Department for 21 years and has held numerous positions within the department.
He is the Assistant Commander of the Albany-Dougherty Metro SWAT Team where he has served as an entry team member, assistant team leader, and team leader and negotiations commander. His other assignments have included working in narcotics, general and gang investigations.
Persley holds a Master Degree in Administration/Justice and Security from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Darton College.
Persley has over 2700 hours of basic and advanced police training. He is a graduate of the IACP Leadership in Police Organization and is a member of the National Tactical Officer Association, Georgia Tactical Officer Association, Georgia Gang Investigator Association, Georgia Association Chiefs of Police and International Association Chiefs of Police.