Americus City Manager has narrowed the field of candidates for the position of Police Chief down to two candidates. They are Woodrow W. Blue, Jr. and John Powell.
Woodrow W. Blue, Jr, currently Chief of Police in Donalsonville, began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as the Chief of Police for the City of Hahira, and served 21 years there. He became Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police of the City of Milledgeville for 11 years.
Blue also served as Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Central Georgia Technical College, and as a board member of the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State. He also served as Chief of Police of East Point.
John Powell, currently a Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Security Consultant, first served as an Officer and Investigator for the Escambia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office in 1983, followed by serving as a Special Agent for the FBI in 1996. He later served as Chief of Police of Hartsville, SC in 1999, the City of Wilson, NC in 2001, and Dothan, AL in 2005.
Powell also served as Deputy Secretary and then Director of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for two years. He holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a minor in Business, and an Associate Degree in General Studies all from Troy University.
City Manager Steve Kennedy said both candidates have the experience and education to perform the job of Police Chief for the City of Americus, and he will be making a decision soon.