Meet three candidates for Clayton police chief

Our Board of Commissioners have narrowed the choices for Clayton’s police chief down to three candidates to replace former police chief Jeff Turner.

As per the AJC, Assistant Chief of Police John E. Pearson Sr. has served the Hogansville Police Department since March 2009. The former DeKalb county assistant police chief is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. Pearson, who is married to WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson, could not be reached for a comment.

Although Deputy Police Chief Gregory Porter has worked with the CCPD for 22 years, he has been an active member of the Clayton county community for 30 years, serving on several boards ranging from school based youth programs to addressing issues and concerns with the elderly, among many other community based initiatives.

“It will be my intention to improve the response time of calls for service while increasing the level of customer service from every aspect. This will be accomplished by implementing a more proactive approach focusing on reducing crime by utilizing various proven law enforcement methods,” says Porter. “Continuing to foster community involvement, as well as, seeking new partnerships, will be the most significant aspect surrounding my new and improved “community oriented policing model”.”

Interim Police Chief Timothy R. Robinson has served the CCPD for 28 years in various capacities. Robinson, who has held the position since December 2009 when Jeff Turner was fired, could not be reached for a comment.

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The BOC has not stated when the new police chief will be named. But based on these candidates, who would you choose and why? What qualities will you expect from Clayton’s new police chief? Is there someone else who you think should be considered for the position?

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Furry Vengence

August 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

Bring back Chief Turner. No more puppets.

Clayton Resident

August 16th, 2010
4:51 pm

Cheif Turner should have never been unceremoniously dumped not once but twice so far.

HDLKClayton

August 16th, 2010
6:38 pm

I agree Turner should have never been let go, but Porter is no joke and he’s not a puppet ether.

0 Confidence

August 16th, 2010
6:42 pm

All 3 candidates will just be used as a puppet for the BOC. Chief Robinson has already made several decisions that have dramatically reduced morale at CCPD. Experienced officers are looking to leave ASAP. Just another blow to Clayton County.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 16th, 2010
6:49 pm

In my honest opinion, Timothy R. Robinson is the best man for the job. If the Officers don’t agree with his decisions, thats the reason that he be the boss and Chief of Police. Changing diapers should not be part of his job as our Chief.

HDLKClayton

August 16th, 2010
6:50 pm

I agree Turner should still be chief, but Porter is no joke and he is not a puppet ether.

Snooki

August 16th, 2010
7:41 pm

We need strong leaders. Someone who is going to bring justice to the citizens of Clayton County. We need a Chief who will do what is right, not bend over and take it.

Uh oh!

August 16th, 2010
7:48 pm

Wow John Pearson has zero vote, good thing he married well LOL

2DPoint

August 16th, 2010
8:27 pm

I don’t see how it will matter with any of the above. Until our county government improve from the top, a new police chief will be about as effective as a sterile man humping a hussy in heat.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 16th, 2010
8:54 pm

I don’t see Jeff Turner’s name on the list, to be considered, for Chief; Where did his name come from ?

Are You Kidding?

August 16th, 2010
9:20 pm

Yes, Turner needs to be back, however it will never happen. Porter is no where ready for this job. Robinson has been the next yes man, and unfortunately, that is what the commissioners are looking for. So if they chose Porter, sobeit.

Chocolatedrop

August 16th, 2010
9:59 pm

It doesn’t matter who’s chief if the politicians keep running the police department. @ 0 confidence you are def right.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 16th, 2010
11:00 pm

(( Interim Chief Robinson is a member of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Tactical Officers Association ))

{{ Deputy Chief Porter is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, N.O.B.L.E. (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), N.A.S.R.O. (National Association of School Resource Officers) and the Georgia Gang Association. ))

Lets go by Professional Standards and Qualifications.

POLLJAMMER

August 16th, 2010
11:42 pm

Interim Police Chief Timothy R. Robinson has served the CCPD for 28 years in various capacities. Robinson, who has held the position since December 2009 when Jeff Turner was fired. This is the man who should keep the job! Think about it, things aren’t that bad now! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, crime is up but it’s up “EVERYWHERE”! Let Chief Robinson run it until he screws up; in the “PUBLIC’S EYE” not CCBOC eyes; they’re crooked! Timothy R. Robinson police the entire county, not just the politicially astute areas! That’s where Jeff lost!

He's Proof

August 16th, 2010
11:57 pm

I’m glad Jeff Turner is out. He was a “Politician” not a “REAL” police chief. Maybe he should run for politicial offices in Clayton! Now, he knows what the old saying means, ” what goes around, come around”!

The Evaluator

August 17th, 2010
1:56 am

Clayton County is very fortunate to have two great candidates for its next Chief Of Police in Interim Chief Of Police Timothy R. Robinson and Deputy Chief Of Police Of Field Operations Command Gregory Porter.

Either one would make a great Chief Of Police of the Clayton County Police Department.

Only one however can be the next Chief Of Police so the question is who is the best candidate who can lead our great Police Department to even higher levels of success, achievement, and honor, build on the successes that the Police Department have already obtained and achieved, and will correct areas of deficiences, underperformance, and less than stellar work within some areas of the Police Department.

Both Tim Robinson and Greg Porter bring significant strengths in terms of their experience, educational backgrounds, additional police training, completion and graduation from the Federal Bureau Of Investigation’s National Academy which serves as a training ground for Police Officers who aspire to be Chief Of Police. More of their accomplishments, accolades, honors, recognitions, and achievements can be read by clicking on the links provided by the blogmaster Ms. Kimberly Allen within her blog topic article.

So it really comes to who is the best candidate who as our next Chief Of Police will make the very hard and tough decision that will come when he reorganizes the department and reassigns people to the right areas and departments that will exercise their strengths and their effectiveness as they carry out the next Chief Of Police’s vision, outline, goals, and plan of action for the Clayton County Police Department in reducing crime, perserving the quality of life for all of Clayton County residents and citizens, and making this county a very safe, secure, and peaceful place to live.

It comes down to which candidate can best connect with the citizens and residents of Clayton County, some of which who do not trust the police officers in the Clayton County Police Department in building bridges and restoring trust, confidence, and faith that these residents want to have with the police officers and also with the entire Clayton County Police Department and the leaders who will lead the department.

It comes down to which candidate is the most ethical, honest, trustworthy, sincere, and who will have transparency and openness in the Clayton County Police Department

It comes down to which candidate will connect and work with the other local (Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, and the other Police Departments in the cities within Clayton County), state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the general public as a whole, neighborhood programs, the faith based communities, and the Clayton County School System.

It comes down to which candidate will further build upon, enhance, and improve upon the Neighborhood Patrol Policing System by the Clayton County Police Officers started by Clayton County’s previous Chief Of Police Jeffrey E. Turner when he became Chief Of Police three-and-one-half years ago which has been a very successful policing system that is designed to have the police department partner with and connect to the citizens, residents, business owners, homeowner associations, schools, and others in Clayton County to address head on, crime and criminal activity by knowing the beat or zone areas to which the police officer is assigned and getting to know the people and businesses in that area and having the people know the police officer. Because of this powerful and great policing system, the community and businesses will know who their police officer is and this relationship empowers the citizens and business owners to know and be aware of what is going on in their area and they will be more likely to call their police officer for any suspicious or criminal activity or activities that they witness or see.

It comes down to which candidate will work best with the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners and will respect and carry out their collective vision for crime reduction and having a Police Department that is supremely and efficiently run, manages its resources and its man and woman power well, maximizes its monetary budget approved by the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners on a yearly basis, give strong, powerful, and great leadership of the department and who will make the very tough, hard, and necessary decisions needed to ensure that the Clayton County Police Department will always work and perform at its very best level.

Lastly, it comes down to which candidate as Chief Of Police will work the hardest, is the best dedicated and committed, commands respect, not afraid, timid, or hesitant to take quick, decisive, and swift actions when needed without fear, has the very best drive, desire, energy, enthusiasm, intelligence, know-how, work ethic, love, passion and spirit for the job and leader of the entire Clayton County Police Department, zeal, power, leadership skills and abilities, charisma, personality, devotion, superior skills and abilities to inspire, motivate, and lead all the police officers to positive actions in keeping the residents and citizens of Clayton County safe, secure, and protected, and who will be able to get positive results from all who are under his command, power, and authority.

Out of the two candidates for the Chief Of Police of the Clayton County Police Department, one candidate is an excellent candidate with impressive credentials, training, education, and leadership skills and in any other county or city of Clayton County’s comparable size, he would make a very fine and excellent Chief Of Police of that county or city.

IN CLAYTON COUNTY, THERE IS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE WHO IS THE VERY BEST, SUPERIOR, AND SUPER EXCELLENT CANDIDATE, WHO STANDS HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE ANY AND ALL CANDIDATES WHO PLACED THEIR NAME IN CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION AND WHO WILL MAKE ALL OF CLAYTON COUNTY’S CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS PROUD AND THAT CANDIDATE WHO IS THE VERY BEST CHOICE FOR THE NEXT CHIEF OF POLICE OF THE CLAYTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS GREGORY PORTER.

Big Papi

August 17th, 2010
7:36 am

Robinson, take your pension and run like hell! You are too good a man to get mired in this cesspool. You seem to be the best man on paper, but I doubt if you have the stomach for the political infighting and back-stabbing that comes with this job. I doubt if the new chief will last 3 years ( better get a contract) unless he’s a total puppet.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 17th, 2010
10:11 am

This nonsense about being a “Yes Man” is silly and immature.We don’t want another Victor Hill as our Chief of Police in Clayton County and the BOC as the power to stop this from happening.The Sheriff is elected and he is protected because he is constitutional official in this county, the Chief is not. The Chief has to answer for his actions, misconduct, his statements to the public and press, and his overall performance to the BOC. The Chief is another paid employee of the county. Disrespect, to our elected officials and our citizens, should not be tolerated by county employees at no time.

Guest

August 17th, 2010
10:19 am

Why is the Pearson man even being considered as a viable candidate? He is just now pursuing a bachelors degree after all of his years in law enforcement? That is a joke, considering he wants to lead a large complex police department. Must be a whimsical deisre. He has sure not put in the expectd academic work yet. Quite frankly none of these are guys are strong candidates. This process seems to have a lot of local flavor; which tends to ignore truly well qualified objective candidates from being hired. Start over…

Why the foolishness?

August 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Clayton County had an excellent Police Chief. The goofball commissioners chose to fire him. The County continues to be a laughing stock.

My Opinion

August 17th, 2010
11:15 am

I totally agree 100 Percent with The Evaluator’s comments and posting that Greg Porter is the very best man for the job as Clayton County’s next Chief Of Police.

Greg Porter is a great police officer, an ethical and moral person of great character and integrity, and will serve the Clayton County citizens well as Chief Of Police.

Greg Porter is a great leader who as the Number Two guy in the Clayton County Police Department under previous chief Jeff Turner and present Interim Chief Tim Robinson served his position well, respected the decisions that these two made, showed them both great loyality, if had an opinion of a better way of doing things, knew his place and offered his opinions when asked, never publically nor privately portrayed himself in an unfavorable light, always respected the power, authority, and command that came with his position as Deputy Chief, and was a very superior, capable, accessible, out-going, friendly, personable, Deputy Chief who had an open door policy to any and all Clayton County Citizens, Residents, and any other person who needed his help on any policing issues, problems, or concerns of the police officers under his command and authority and would not only hear your concerns, but would devise a plan of action and would implement that plan and would get back to you to see if his plan of action is working and is providing success and addressing and solving the problem or complaint and would readjust the plan of action if necessary if it was not providing the desired results.

Greg Porter will hold everyone under him accountable, responsible, and answerable for their actions, conduct, and behavior and will make sure that all will follow, adhere to, and obey all of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the Clayton County Police Department and as The Evaluator stated, will take swift, quick, immediate, and decisive actions for those police officers who choose not to.

Greg Porter is a very strong but fair leader who himself not break, bend, or violate the rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or laws that govern his behavior as Chief Of Police (positive thinking as the decision has not been made yet) as he will have some very tough, hard, and difficult decisions to make in reorganizing the command structure of the Police Department.

Tim Robinson is also a man of impeccable and exemplary qualities and would also make an excellent police chief.

However, in my opinion, Tim Robinson’s skills, abilities, personality, temperament, nature, character, qualities, and overall talents as a Chief Of Police would best be suited in counties that are rural, smaller, not urbanized, and stable in terms of the population makeup, with controlled growth such as Fayette County, Coweta County, Forysth County, and Clayton County of years back in the 1970’s, 1980’s and even in the first half of the 1990’s until the Olympics which brought a dramatic shift and change to Clayton County with massive population increases, a change in the counties’ demographics, socioeconomic status, income average, and the overall change of Clayton County’s status from a quiet, rural, peaceful, majority homeowner owned houses, relaxed county (much like Fayette County execept the income level of its residents was not as high as in Fayette County) to an urbanized, overcrowded, and in many areas, a crime ridden county that is now full of renters, Section 8 People, other undesirables, and a county that is majority renters and has a transient and constantly moving population of people.

The way Clayton County is right now with massive overcrowding, its urbanization, its present majority population of people, its current status as a place for renters, it being a home for the Section 8 Population of people with the massive decrease of property values in its homes, instability in general and the constant problems that occur on a regular basis, divided Clayton County Board Of Commissioners (Wole Ralph, Sonna Singleton, and Gail Hambrick on one side which constitutes the majority voting and decision making power on the Commission and Eldrin Bell and Michael Edmondson which are in the minority two) makes the choice very clear, obvious, and evident that there is only man that as The Evaluator stated is the very best man for the job of the next Chief Of Police of the Clayton County Police Department who will be successful and will carry the department to new heights of success, accomplishments, achievements, and will get great, positive, and powerful results for all under his command, authority, and leadership and that man is GREGORY PORTER.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

Sometimes, Less is More when endorsing a candidate for a position. The reasoning gets lost in the hype of the sales pitch.

The Clayton New world order

August 17th, 2010
2:58 pm

The Choice is obvious…Greg Porter…the reason…Community Orientated. Chief Robinson is not a public figure that interacts well with the Citizens. I have been to the community meetings and observed Greg Porter take over the Q & A sessions where Robinson would stay mum. We need community based leaders and in my opinion, Porter is it.

Porter4CCPDChief

August 17th, 2010
3:23 pm

Chief Porter is the best man for the position of Chief of Police for Clayton County. I have seen his face in the community SEVERAL TIMES OVER…..can’t say that for the other candidates. I question their ability or willingness to serve the people of this county. You can’t be scared to come into the heart of the community if you are going to genuinely and proudly serve the people. Porter is the man….he’s hands on in the community, committed to involve himself in every aspect and that makes me proud. There are some candidates who have not embraced every corner of this county…..except for Morrow and Lake Spivey….I wonder why?????? BUT WE REALLY ALL KNOW THE ANSWER!!!!!

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 17th, 2010
3:45 pm

The Clayton New world order; You gave a very good sales pitch on Greg Porter. Simple, Cut & Dry, and to the point.:)

The Answer

August 17th, 2010
3:53 pm

Get rid of the police department! Now that Victor is not involved, maybe its a not a bad idea. The BOC will always try to manipulate the police department.

Snooki

August 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

PORTER? Are you kidding me! He can’t be trusted. We need someone who is not connected to the three puppets. No, No, No, No, to PORTER!

Snooki

August 17th, 2010
4:40 pm

@ The Answer

Why don’t you focus more on serving the warrants and taking care of the jails and courts.
Let Clayton County Police Department worry about patrolling our streets.

Truthstater

August 17th, 2010
5:33 pm

The postings by The Evaluator, My Opinion, The Clayton New World Order, and Porter4CCPDChief says it all.

I support Gregory Porter to be the next Police Chief of the Clayton County Police Department.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 17th, 2010
6:35 pm

Being in racial mixed society, where forward thinking races, are no longer separated by cultural indifferences or skin color; Lets see what a White Chief can do; Please let be fair about this, give little equality to our racial mixed society.

The Answer

August 17th, 2010
8:30 pm

Snooki
(((Why don’t you focus more on serving the warrants and taking care of the jails and courts.)))

What do you mean by “you”? Would your job be threatened, so you state “you”?

Furry Vengence

August 17th, 2010
11:02 pm

Why are the Commissioners still hiring? I thought we were under a hiring freeze, but oh no, tonight they went and approved about 8 new county positions, PLUS they still have yet to hire a new Chief of Police. Where is the money coming from? Didn’t they close the Police Academy under the supposition that county funds were very tight. What about the 5 Academy employees let go (including the former Chief of Police)? I smell a rat…

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 18th, 2010
12:51 am

Stop lyin and tell da truf; Have you talked to Jeff Turner about returning to the police force in Clayton County ?
Maybe he don’t want to return as a underdog.

Rhonda

August 18th, 2010
2:19 am

Interim Chief Robinson, because he has more years of experience, and he has more education.

Big Papi

August 18th, 2010
9:21 am

Evaluator, you took half page to say what everyone else knows……Robinson won’t get the job BECAUSE he’s white. While that doesn’t help him, a white candidate with more charisma and dynamic leadership ability could overcome that, he doesn’t seem to be that guy. He may win on paper but personality wise does not seem to be a good fit. Porter seems to be the annointed one and perhaps not a bad selection, but just wait until he exercises any independence or exibits a strong ethical or moral compass……….honeymoon over!

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 18th, 2010
1:56 pm

Rhonda :( ( Interim Chief Robinson, because he has more years of experience, and he has more education ))

Rhonda; It appears that we have a Grand Prize Winner among our group. Using less words for her endorsement and cutting to the chase, she went straight to the point told the facts, without going through the hype and long winded opinions. Thank You Rhonda

taylor

August 18th, 2010
9:55 pm

who cares anymore

jsmith

August 18th, 2010
10:50 pm

the only way to clean up clayton county is to bring in the military to patrol the streets!! every official in clayton county should be removed and the state and feds should step in and appoint a temporary government to run the county , like the USA did in japan and germany post world war II.

HCSO LT

August 19th, 2010
12:07 am

Greg Porter is the obvious choice. The ONLY man for the job.

HCSO LT

August 19th, 2010
12:09 am

Chief Porter is the obvious choice. The ONLY man for the job.

Taxpayer

August 19th, 2010
8:01 am

If Greg Porter becomes the chief of Clayton County, God help us all!! Remember my words! What is with the people in this county? Can you for once look for some substance. Let’s encourage the county to start a new search to identify candidates with proven track records of reducing crime somewhere. Have them present the community with a plan for reducing and preventing crime. Stop going for the okie-doke people and taking personality over substance. I don’t want a grinning jokester, I want an effective chief and don’t care what race he belongs to!!

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 19th, 2010
10:58 am

I’m Kinda upset about paying county taxes for a County Police Force that I don’t use or have any use for.I live in the City of Forest Park and we have our own Police Force and our own Chief of Police.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

In my own opinion; Greg Porter’s dedication to his religious duties,while serving as a Deacon Church in his Church, in College Park, may play a role in how well he would enforce crime in this county, as Chief. Most of problems with crime is enforcing our current laws and next comes the lack of prosecuting the criminals. In the past, our Clayton County system of justice failed to do their and when many Clayton County Police went to court, they would be totally ignored. Did the Chief follow up on this ? The answer is NO. We need a Chief will stand up for the Officers, to our Magistrate Judge, and ask Why spend the time for an arrest, only to see the criminals go free.
I just don’t think that Porter is up this kind of task.

19&41

August 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

You may as well be having a pool on who gets the job. As the public, you will have no say in it. This is one of the perks of living in this county. No responsibility on your part, no accountability on the commission’s part.

Secret Agent Man

August 19th, 2010
11:48 pm

It doesn’t matter who is chosen. All candidates equally suck. They would all be yes-man or face termination like Turner.

What Accountability

August 19th, 2010
11:54 pm

People like Taxpayer,19&41, HCSO LT, Rhonda and Big Papi are the primary reason this county is in this shape! They want elected officials and police to patrol and legislate thier area of Clayton and to hell with the others! This the reason they keep losing and moving farther and farther into the abyss! They are still raping the land of its resources!

StraightNoChaser

August 20th, 2010
10:01 am

@DoubleAction of Clayton County

You said – “In my own opinion; Greg Porter’s dedication to his religious duties,while serving as a Deacon Church in his Church, in College Park, may play a role in how well he would enforce crime in this county, as Chief.”

What do his religious duties have to do with Porter possibly becoming Chief and performing his duties? May I ask if you have issues with the founders and their beliefs and how they administered the founding of this country? Hmmm I think it was the religious beliefs of the founders that helped shape the Constitution.

Why don’t you really be honest and say why you feel Porters religious beliefs could affect his managing Clayco PD……we won’t Dr.Laura you. LOL!!

Roach

August 20th, 2010
10:20 am

Glad to see that Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin was completely exonerated regarding the whole car business, while the county’s solicitor has determined that the 3 puppets on the county commission had no authority whatsoever to take away the tax commissioner’s vehicles. Go Terry! And to the robots who defend the puppets in this forum–try spending your workday serving the people, instead of trying to mislead people in this forum.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
11:58 am

StraightNoChaser ; I will be very glad answer your question with another question.
How many of our founding fathers was appointed as the Chief of Police in their County ?
If you are looking for a weak spot in my statement, I suggest that you look little deeper.

maggie

August 20th, 2010
12:53 pm

I think Jeff Turner has proven himself over the years. Who wanted him out and why was it allowed to happen? Put him back where he belongs!!!!