New Valdosta Police Chief sworn in

Published: Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The City of Valdosta's new Chief of Police was sworn in today at the courthouse.

City and county leaders and his friends and family attended as Brian Childress was sworn into his new role as police chief. After two weeks on the job, a special ceremony sealed the position.

Childress has been with VPD for 12 years.

Childress says he has big footsteps to follow in after Frank Simons' 17-year career as chief.

"Frank Simons is the father I never had, he's just a great role model. But I'm excited because I love the men and women of the police department, I love the community," said Childress.

Childress says the first program he'd like to bring to the department is a police advocacy program. He says it's already in the works.

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