Citizens hear from Americus police chief finalist

Citizens hear from Americus police chief finalist
Woodrow Blue Jr., Americus Police Chief Finalist
Woodrow Blue Jr., Americus Police Chief Finalist

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Americus city leaders heard from the public Monday night on what they want in their next police chief.
The pool of candidates has been narrowed to one.

The public got a chance to meet and ask questions to Woodrow Blue Jr., who could be their next police chief, but the city manager says just because he's the only finalist doesn't mean he'll get the job.

"At one time I was one of the youngest police chiefs in the state of Georgia," said Woodrow Blue Jr., Americus Police Chief Candidate.

Woodrow Blue, Jr. stands alone as the final candidate to be the Americus Police Chief.
He's currently the Police Chief in Donalsonville and has been a chief for more than 30 years in four areas in the state. He's hoping to make Americus his next home.

"I'm just excited about the opportunity and the challenges that it presents to me," said Blue.

City Manager Steve Kennedy says Blue became the final candidate after two other finalists took jobs elsewhere.

"We had the second of the three finalists who withdrew late last week," said Steve Kennedy, Americus City Manager.

Blue says if he's Chief he wants a stronger emphasis on training.

"I definitely believe in training officers and doing it the right way," said Blue.

He also wants to focus on community policing.

"Working more with the community and better with the community to accomplish some of the goals," said Blue.

He says the most important thing a police officer and Chief can have is integrity.

"If anyone is going to follow the rules it's going to be the police officer and police chief," said Blue. "Integrity sets the standards people know that you stand for something people know you gone do the right thing."

Citizens had questions and concerns about victims' rights, commitment and crime.

Blue wants the public to know that he isn't taking their concerns lightly.

"I heard the concerns," said Blue. "I heard the issue and that we're going to be putting forth a plan to start working to solve some of those issues that we heard about."

Blue will have another interview Tuesday morning with the City Manager who hopes to make a decision by next week and a have a new police chief by the beginning of the year.

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