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.
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?