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.

Who should become Clayton's new police chief?

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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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DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
1:14 pm

CONSTITUTION OF GEORGIA
(as amended through the November 1998 general election)

ARTICLE I.

BILL OF RIGHTS

SECTION I.

RIGHTS OF PERSONS

Paragraph VIII. Arms, right to keep and bear. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.

We should be more watchfull with voicing our opinion in who should managing our law enforcement in this county. Our next Chief should have a clear understanding about our State laws, our lawful rights, and the uppermost respect for our rights, without questions, issues, conflicts, or personal opinions.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

CONSTITUTION OF GEORGIA
(as amended through the November 1998 general election)

ARTICLE I.
BILL OF RIGHTS

SECTION I.
RIGHTS OF PERSONS

Paragraph IV. ” Religious opinions; freedom of religion. No inhabitant of this state shall be molested in person or property or be prohibited from holding any public office or trust on account of religious opinions; but the right of freedom of religion shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.”

Need I say more ?

Just Wondering

August 20th, 2010
3:16 pm

Where are the posting from the regular bloggers and posters from Sgt. Rock, John Stewart, Raja, and Jonesboro Dawg on who they would like to be the Clayton County Police Department’s next Chief Of Police and why.

They generally provide interesting, insightful, and educational postings.

Just Wondering

Truthstater

August 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

The readers of the blog topic of the week on the candidate that they want to be the next Police Chief of the Clayton County Police Department are speaking very loud and very clear with their vote.

As of the writing of this posting, with 139 Votes cast, Greg Porter is by far the overwhelming choice for the next Police Chief of the Clayton County Police Department with 55 Percent of the vote total with twice the number of votes as the voters second choice.

StraightNoChaser

August 20th, 2010
5:31 pm

@DoubleAction – Are you sure you aren’t a politician? You dodged my question better than Neyo dodged that bullet in the Matrix.

Tell us how you really feel. Let us know that you don’t think Porter has his own mind because he’s been around Turner so long. Tell us you are scared that he thinks like Turner regarding gun laws. Come on man, please share with us. I promised you we won’t Dr. Laura you!!! =)

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
6:02 pm

StraightNoChaser; I did answer your question, but you didn’t bother to read it.
I am not politician in this county; I have to work very hard for my salary and I have to show results at the end of my day.

kallen

August 20th, 2010
6:09 pm

On Monday August 23, the Clayton County School Board will meet regarding school bus transportation. All attendees must arrive before 5:15 p.m.

Sgt Rock

August 20th, 2010
6:14 pm

Just Wondering,

I would tell you that Mr Porter or Mr. Robertson would do a fine job as Chief in Clayton County. The decision must be difficult for the Commissioners as both Candidates are good and upstanding.

Both will express their best intent to the Commissioners when asked and volunteer their true opinion when not asked. Both have always had the best interest of the County and her Citizens above personal gain. Neither of these two candidates will be a push-over for the Commission.

Both will fight tooth and nail for dwindling resources required for the Department. Both will use what they have available to affect change, as much as they can.

I don’t know enough about Mr. Pearson to offer an opinion but I am aware that the Pearsons have been showing up in Clayton County circles in the pas 18 months. Circles that i don’t think are well-intentioned for the County. I don’t intend for this to denegrate Mr. Pearson or his character one iota, just an opinion.

Regardless of the appointee it is up to each and every Citizen to cooperate with the Police. Report suspicious activity. Report things even if you are unsure they are suspicious. If something seems out of place, if something just makes you glance out of the corner of your eye for a split second, it’s suspicious. Call the Police. They are glad to come out, you can remain anonymous when you call. Better an ounce of prevention.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
6:59 pm

Rock : ” Neither of these two candidates will be a push-over for the Commission.”

Rock; Our County Commissioners are Elected Officials in our county, The Chief Police is not. If the Clayton County Police Chief did what our previous Sheriff did, wouldn’t you want the County Commission to nip it at the bud, before things escalated ?
If any pushing is go on, I had rather it be by our elected officials.
Our Proprieties should be display respect in our chain of Government in Clayton County.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 20th, 2010
7:28 pm

StraightNoChaser : (( Tell us you are scared that he thinks like Turner regarding gun laws.))

The Chief of The Clayton County Police Department has absolutely nothing to do with our State or Federal Laws nor does have nothing to do with our U.S. Constitution or our State Constitution. His job is to enforce our laws, not to criticize our laws.

taxpayer

August 20th, 2010
8:39 pm

Oh, my fault. Didn’t know we were selecting 8th grade president, thought we were looking for a competent police chief. Who in their right mind would select a chief based on feedback from a frigging blog!! I hope Greg Porter is selected. Afterall it’s the most appropriate choice for a county that gave Victor Hill some 40 percent of the vote in recent elections and re-elected Sandra Scott. If nothing else, folks here are consistent. Wow, in-frigging-credible!!!

Rev Whiskey

August 20th, 2010
8:57 pm

Thanks to the Solicitor General of Clayton county – we again see the petty foolish actions of the 3 stooges on the BOC. Apparently none of these 3 fools can read. They do not understand their jobs or their limits of office. They seem to be from the Obamanation school of the govt knows better – and how dare you question the ruling class. Their antics will – sooner or later – lead to even more lawsuits against the county. Taxpayers – start saving your pennies. It is nice to see Mr Baskin is not a vindictive man, but is a commendable public servant.

The Shadow

August 20th, 2010
9:45 pm

Wise words Sergeant Rock but be vigalant. One day after the chosing, an unholy trinty coming from the East, North, and South will attempt to sway the Chief. Behind them, invisible, will be a fourth, whispering.

He will be tempted by this alliance, he will be threatened, his funding will held in the balance or worse yet, the set-up will be played against him.

He must be strong, supported by all, to have the strength to overcome the THREE and the FOURTH one that will throw everything in his pathway to destroy him or have him do their bidding.

On Guard

19&41

August 20th, 2010
10:24 pm

The portion of Clayton County I want protected, effectively led and recovered is the part within the county lines. Keep your assumptions to your selfish self.

Secret Agent Man

August 20th, 2010
11:00 pm

I voted someone else because, IMO, they all appear weak and none seems to be a true leader. Being a cop is a dirty job and it takes a stronger man to lead both strong and weak men. Try again.

Greg Porter CCPC Only Choice

August 21st, 2010
7:32 am

I hope the commission of Clayton County chose the right candidate for the position of chief of police and that person is Greg Porter. The citizens of Clayton County will be better served by a person who truly cares about the department and the community as a whole. Mr. Porter is a man above reproach with remarkable character and integrity, and yes God fearing. We need someone in this position who cares about the department and it’s officers as well as the community.

Chief Porter has proven his skills and abilities to lead this department to it’s full potential. This man is humble and has taken no credit behind the scenes trying to protect the citizens of Clayton County and provide guidance to officers within the department. He has develop a relationship with the officers that is positive and he fostered a cooperative bridge with a cross section of communities within the county that is to be commended.

To know Greg Porter is to know a man of greatness, and I am proud that he has an opportunity to share his vision with for the citizens of Clayton County. He truly cares and love the department and will provide the best service to the community than any of the candidates by far. The citizens and the officers are lucky to have a man of this statue willing to represent and serve them. The only choice for Clayton County newest Police Chief is CHIEF GREG PORTER.

Uh oh!

August 21st, 2010
8:34 am

Taxpayer you do know that none of us get to actually choose the police chief, right? That is up to our “esteemed” commissioners but at least the blog gives us a chance to speak on who we like and why without a two minute time limit. Not like the commissioners ever listen to us ANYWAY they already have their agendas. Out of these choices Porter is the best IMO. agreed on Victor Hill and Sandra Scott though just thankfl I don’t live in either of their districts.

Truthstater

August 21st, 2010
11:03 am

TO GREG PORTER CCPD ONLY CHOICE:

Great commments and posting. Well said, stated, and worded.

Snooki

August 21st, 2010
5:18 pm

GREG PORTER? So, how well do you know this man? Can he be trusted? Will he do what’s best for Clayton County Police Department? Or is he going to be a little puppet?

John Stewart

August 21st, 2010
5:24 pm

Decisions, Decisions –

I would also like to congratulate Mr. Porter & Mr. Robertson as finalists for police chief here in Clayton County. I have long been an advocate of having someone that would be police chief of a county or city to have some significant ties to that area. Both Mr. Porter & Mr. Robertson fit that criteria. Just as Sgt. Rock stated this is no slight to Mr. Pearson but simply comparing a list of qualifications coupled with having long term ties to the local community there isn’t a match.

He Who Controls the Guns Rules –

One of the final bastions of the community is the local police dept and with the manner in which the unholy trinity have been hell bent on controlling everything and everyone, the police dept is the last area I would want them to have “their type” control over. My only concern with our new Chief is that he has the “cajónes” to stand up to our commissioners when needed. With some things that I have already heard concerning one of the candidates I am wondering if his stones haven’t already been crushed.

Intangibles –

I personally think this choice will come down to intangibles that only board will decide what they are. I do however say our next Chief MUST and I saw MUST be able raise the moral of the dept as well as command the respect of his fellow officers. Our next Chief will have be visionary in some aspects while holding true policing foundational police tactics that have stood the test of time and produced results. I say good luck to both men and say that Clayton County will have a fine police chief whoever that may be.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 21st, 2010
5:41 pm

Greg Porter CCPC Only Choice : You did a great pump job for your choice, however, you was lagging behind on reasonable thoughts for qualifications.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 21st, 2010
5:47 pm

We will never know about what ego does to some people, until after the fact.

taxpayer

August 21st, 2010
8:28 pm

If he has been with the Department for decades, why hasn’t he distinguished himself by working to reduce crime? He’s there and in a high-level position already. If he is as great as folks say, we ALL should know him by what he has achieved with the police department. And while we don’t “select” the chief, I am thankful that the commissioner representing voters in my district listens to his constituents. I know he has heard from many of us on this matter and will vote in the COUNTY’s best interest.

Furry Vengence

August 21st, 2010
8:58 pm

NO NO NO TO GREG PORTER.
YES YES YES TO TIM ROBINSON.

I see stupid people

August 21st, 2010
9:04 pm

I do not like any of these choices here. I say let’s start over with a national search for a new CCPD Chief.

Thelemic

August 21st, 2010
9:12 pm

I vote for ‘Sheriff Victor Hill’ for Chief of Clayton County Police Department.

Yes! to “Chief Victor Hill’.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 21st, 2010
9:13 pm

Furry Vengence :
{{NO NO NO TO GREG PORTER.))
((YES YES YES TO TIM ROBINSON))

We have another Winning Entry for first place today. It takes few words to get your point across !!

Congratulations Furry Vengence !!!

Vanessa

August 21st, 2010
10:46 pm

OK, let;s keep it real, Porter is a nice guy but you can’t understand what he is saying half of the time, and we need someone who can articulate himself. I used to cringe everytime he was on TV !

Hell to the nah!

August 21st, 2010
11:23 pm

Whoever wants Victor Hill voted in needs to move to RIVERDALE and you can have him ALL DAY LONG! Leave the rest of us outta that hot mess! Robinson seems a bit soft and detached from the community. I don’t know much about Porter and even less about Pearson. Hey BOC, start over!

Thelemic

August 22nd, 2010
1:00 am

We love you “Sheriff Victor Hill”.
Let’s vote for “Chief Victor Hill”
CHIEF VICTOR HILL! CHIEF VICTOR HILL! CHIEF VICTOR HILL!

Raja

August 22nd, 2010
1:02 am

No2Ctran

August 22nd, 2010
1:37 am

glad your back!

I see stupid people

August 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

Oh, hi Sandr…I mean raja. No more hills or scotts thank you very much.

Baby Boom

August 22nd, 2010
8:37 pm

Why is it taking the BOC a long time to make a dicision on a new chief?

Port O'John

August 22nd, 2010
11:33 pm

It’s amazing! All this “Crying” while the commissioners will pick who they want. Grow up Clayton and stop playing cyberpolitics! It don’t work!

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 23rd, 2010
2:04 am

I is very obvious to me, that some of our posters on the forum, advocates a Government that conflicts with governmental policy. In my own opinion, this would constitute a Police State to maintain obedience by forceful unlawful acts of unbridled control. This against our U.S.Constitution and The Constitution of Georgia. We have already seen threats to rights in county, during the past four years and only a very few of us stands up to lodge our grievances, only to be condemn and ridiculed by our fellow citizens.
This might be why this county has so much sadness, ignorance, and low self esteem.

Truthstater

August 23rd, 2010
8:30 am

The readers, bloggers, and voters on-line continue to speak, vote, and blog very loud and very clear on who is their choice for the next Chief Of Police of the Clayton County Police Department.

As of the writing of this posting with 159 Votes cast so far, Greg Porter continues to be the overwhelming choice for the next Chief Of Police of the Clayton County Police Department with 50 Percent of the vote total.

CONGRADULATIONS GREGORY PORTER.

Steve

August 23rd, 2010
9:04 am

Porter is truely the man for the job, he is a true leader with all the right qualities to lead the police deprtment to the next level. Clayton County let’s do what IS right for the county and not for personal gain. Being negative towards Porter don’t change the issue. MAKE PORTER THE NEW POLICE CHIEF AND EXPERIENCE A NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT DAY FOR CLAYTON COUNTY.

The real raja

August 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

FAKE POSTER ABOVE.

Roach

August 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

@Double Action: [We will never know about what ego does to some people, until after the fact.]
So true. So easy to start by thinking “I want to do what’s best for the community” but to find yourself thinking “What’s best for me *is* what’s best for the community.” Even if you start with the best of intentions. Power–even the promise of power–is a terrible temptation.

DoubleAction of Clayton County

August 26th, 2010
12:29 pm

(( ” Clayton board: 12 reasons to oust police chief ” ))

http://www.ajc.com/news/clayton/clayton-board-12-reasons-253031.html