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Waynesboro residents thank, wish Police Chief well

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WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) -

"Actually I've never seen a police officer do as great job as he has," says Waynesboro resident Shelley Griffin. "He's going to be sorely missed."

High praise for Waynesboro Police Chief Alfonzo Williams, who is on the verge of becoming Director of Richmond Co. School Safety.

Williams was recommended for the job by Richmond Co. Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson.

That recommendation was approved at Tuesday's committee meeting.

Now lifelong resident Griffin is like many others in Waynesboro who are sad to see Chief Williams go.

"The neighborhoods know him. They trust him," Griffin says. "He's been very fearless, and he's done a wonderful job."

Williams says he's proud of the work he's done in his two years to restore the community's trust in the police department.

"We've taken the department from being troubled to being Georgia certified," Williams says. "We've taught them, and exhibited to them what it means to have true law enforcement."

However, despite likely leaving, Williams assures residents the police department will be left in good hands.

"Good leadership will ensure that the proper persons are in place to carry on what we've worked together to do," he says. "I didn't do it alone."

Williams must still be approved by the full Richmond Co. School Board next week before the move becomes official, but it's expected to pass easily.

That leaves residents like Griffin simply wishing Williams well, and thankful for the job he did for their town.

"He's been able to make this a community where elderly people can go to bed and rest at night and not worry," says Griffin.

It is unclear who will replace Williams. That move will go through Waynesboro City Manager Jerry Coalson and the City Council.

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